Culinary Union members in Las Vegas are considering taking to the streets in an informational picket as contract negotiations with casino hotels on the Strip have reached a stalemate. Employees from properties such as Rio Las Vegas, SAHARA Las Vegas, and Virgin Hotels Las Vegas are prepared to step away from their jobs in an effort to push for new contracts.
The planned strike is scheduled to begin tomorrow, with Culinary Union members preparing to picket for 36 hours at various unsettled casinos. Despite the planned demonstration, the Union has emphasized that it is intended to be an informational picket rather than a full-blown strike.
Furthermore, the Union has pushed back the strike deadline to February 5 for 10 downtown Vegas properties that are still without contracts. These include Binion’s, Circa, Downtown Grand, El Cortez, Four Queens, Fremont, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, Main Street, and The D Casino.
The Union’s ongoing negotiations aim to secure a five-year agreement for the 2,600 workers in the Las Vegas hospitality industry. While definitive agreements have yet to be signed, the Culinary Union has already achieved several victories in negotiations with major casino companies such as MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, and Wynn Resorts, as well as with independent Strip properties including Circus Circus, Four Seasons, and Hilton Grand Vacations, among others.
The potential strikes pose a threat to the upcoming Super Bowl preparations, giving the Culinary Union additional leverage in their efforts to secure favorable contract terms for their members. The Union is also urging customers and community allies to support their cause by not crossing picket lines at affected casinos during the planned demonstrations.