Las Vegas Unionized Hospitality Workers Secure New Contracts and Prepare for Potential Strikes
Unionized gaming and hospitality industry workers in Las Vegas have successfully secured new five-year contracts with three major casino and entertainment operators, known as the Big 3. The Culinary and Bartenders Unions played a crucial role in the negotiations with Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, and Wynn Resorts, ensuring improved working conditions and increased pay for over 40,000 unionized workers.
However, negotiations are still ongoing with nearly two dozen independent Las Vegas casinos, affecting an estimated 7,700 hospitality workers represented by the Culinary and Bartenders Unions. The contracts for these workers expired on June 1, 2023, and a strike deadline has been set for February 2, 2024, at 5 AM if negotiations are not settled by then.
Under the One Job Should be Enough initiative, the workers seek better working conditions across 21 independent properties located on the Las Vegas Strip and in downtown Las Vegas. The unions’ worker negotiating committee may call for strikes at individual properties if negotiations break down ahead of the deadline.
Ted Pappageorge, the Culinary Union’s secretary-treasurer, emphasized the importance of fair contracts, job security, and wage increases for the workers at the independent casino properties. Negotiations are ongoing for properties including Trump Hotel Las Vegas, Circus Circus, Sahara Las Vegas, Rio, Golden Gate, Circa, Downtown Grand, and Golden Nugget. Some of these properties may face strikes by the Culinary and Bartenders Union for the first time.
Pappageorge stressed that all casino and hospitality workers in Las Vegas deserve the same job security, work benefits, and wage increases as those negotiated with the major gaming operators. Despite the reluctance to strike, the union will support the workers if it becomes necessary. He also highlighted the union’s upcoming 89th anniversary, underscoring its continuous support for workers in the hospitality and casino industry.