Las Vegas hospitality workers vote to authorize a strike

Las Vegas hospitality workers voted to authorize a strike against 22 casino resorts as they push for a contract, according to a release from the Culinary and Bartenders Union late Tuesday.

Although a work stoppage is not certain, the vote raises the possibility that the escalating labor dispute could push the nation’s largest gambling den toward collapse. Workers are demanding a new five-year contract that includes big pay increases, a reduction in housekeeping quotas and new protections about how employers’ use of new technology impacts jobs.

The union is not only large, representing approximately 60,000 workers in Nevada, but also traditionally plays an important role in political organizing.

“If these gaming companies do not reach an agreement, the workers have spoken and we will be prepared to do anything – including a strike,” Ted Pappageorge, secretary-treasurer of the PA union, said in a statement. statement.

The strike passed with an overwhelming 95 percent vote in favor of authorization. It will include some of the Las Vegas Strip’s most renowned casino resorts, including MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Wynn/Encore Resorts.

The authorization comes amid a wave of labor activism, including an autoworker strike against the Big Three automakers and a Hollywood walkout by actors and writers. The Writers Guild of America announced Tuesday that writers will return to work Wednesday after reaching a settlement with studios.

If Pak workers go ahead with the strike, it will be their first strike in more than four decades. The last time a culinary union walked out in 1991, 500 workers at the Frontier Casino spent more than six years on strike, which eventually resulted in a contract.

MGM Resorts did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday morning.

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