Super Bowl LVIII, an eagerly-awaited event in the National Football League (NFL) calendar, is set to take place on February 11, 2024, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. As the city prepares for a week of festive activities leading up to the big game, visitors may encounter picket lines organized by hospitality workers in front of downtown and Strip hotel casinos.
Last week, the Culinary Union, which represents casino workers in the city, successfully negotiated a new five-year contract for the employees at Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas. While this was a significant achievement, negotiations with 20 hotel casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown are ongoing, and picket lines may be a possibility.
According to Ted Pappageorge, the Culinary Union’s secretary-treasurer, picket lines may be seen in front of the properties just in time for the Super Bowl LVIII celebrations planned for early February. Pappageorge emphasized the need for a deadline, which was announced earlier in the month, with February 2 at 5 AM set as the deadline for negotiations with the remaining 20 downtown and Strip hotel casinos.
Pappageorge stressed the importance of extending the same benefits to workers at all casino hotels, as the contracts of hospitality workers at outstanding properties expired nine months ago. While the Union aims to avoid a strike, Pappageorge stated that the workers at these resorts are prepared to go on strike to secure better conditions, fair wages, and job benefits.
“At the same time, these companies need to know things have changed since the pandemic. These companies are doing well and workers want their fair share and they’re prepared to strike to achieve that goal,” said Pappageorge.
Last year, the Union successfully negotiated new five-year contracts with Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, and Wynn Resorts, securing better working conditions, increased pay, and job security for some 40,000 employees in the sector. These negotiations were considered a significant victory for the Union.