The Las Vegas casino gaming market is preparing to face a hospitality workers strike that could include 35,000 employees across 18 hotel and gaming properties.
The potential strike would be spearheaded by the Culinary Workers and Bartenders Unions — a group that is seeking a five-year agreement that includes higher wages, improved safety measures, reduction in workloads for housekeepers, and job protection. A strike, which would mark the unions' first since 1991, would see food servers, bartenders, chefs, and housekeepers take a stand.
"Economically, the companies have made some movement but we are millions of dollars apart."
- Culinary Union secretary-treasurer Ted Pappageorge told media on a call.
Casino and hotel operators that could be impacted by the potential strike include Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, and Wynn Resorts. A decision on the strike, which has received approval from 95% of union members, will be decided no later than November 10.
The unions set that deadline ahead of the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix, which takes place between Nov. 16 and 19. The event is projected to attract 100,000 visitors, per SportTravel.
Hospitality workers in Las Vegas have been seeking a new union contract since April but have failed to reach an agreement with leadership. The contentious relationship between workers and their employers had led to protests by small groups.
Last month, roughly 75 Culinary Union blocked traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard to protest the dispute. As a result of the protest, many of the members who blocked traffic were arrested as authorities cited civil disobedience.
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