Las Vegas Casino Workers Could Go On Strike For First Time In Three Decades

If you’re planning to go to a Las Vegas casino anytime soon read this. Visitors should try to make the trip before June because union members voted on Tuesday to go on strike starting.

Close to 25,000 members of the Culinary Union are involved according to reports. Gambling members work at 34 casinos across the city, voted to go on strike if new contract agreements aren’t reached before they expire at the end of May.

A union representative said Ninety-nine percent of 25,000 union members favored going on strike.

Despite the vote authorizing the strike, it can be averted if their contract demands are met.

“A strike is a last resort. We want to come to an agreement. However the union and workers are preparing for a citywide strike. This is if contracts are not settled by June 1.” Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer for the Culinary Union. Said in a statement.

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The current contract for the culinary and bartenders unions at 34 casinos covers about 50,000 workers. This include bartenders, room attendants, servers, cooks and kitchen workers.

The new contract proposed has language that protects workers against sexual harassment. Also, the use of subcontractors and technology, among other issues, the culinary union said.

“Over eight decades, casino workers in Las Vegas have been faced with the same decision. Show up or give up.” Argüello-Kline said in a statement. “You either show up and fight for what you deserve, or you give up and take whatever the company gives you.”

MGM is  one of the casinos that will be affected by the strike. The casino issued a statement saying it will keep meeting with the union.

In conclusion, trouble is brewing. “As we continue to bargain in good faith, we are confident that we’ll resolve contract issues and negotiate a contract that works for everyone.” The company said in a statement. What do you think? Do you agree with the union?