Culinary Local 226 said it had struck deals with nearly all of the unsettled hotel-casinos — and canceled the strike deadline for one — averting a strike threat Monday morning at several properties near the Strip and downtown.
The latest attempt at an agreement was reached Sunday between the hospitality union and Downtown Grand, which represents about 200 workers. All but one of the properties on and near the Strip also have offers. Culinary bartenders and associates Local 165 said Sunday they have decided to devote more time to Virgin Las Vegas, an off-Strip resort owned by JCH Hospitality.
Other deals reached Friday and Saturday include Dreamscape Cos.’ Rio, Main Street Station and Fremont by Boyd Gaming, Binion’s and Four Queens owned by TLC Casino Enterprises and Golden Nugget owned by Tilman Fertitta.
Other deals reached before Friday’s original deadline include Plaza, El Cortez, Circa, D Las Vegas and Golden Gate in downtown Las Vegas and the Sahara on the Strip.
Culinary officials said they have established a “historic” contract that provides earnings similar to those earned with the Strip’s three largest employers last fall. These include increased wages and benefits, mandatory daily cleaning, protection from job-substituting technologies, workforce safety measures and more.
“These were difficult negotiations and took more than two years of preparation, 10 months of negotiations, a lot of hard work, committee meetings, sleepless nights and worker-led organizing,” Culinary Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge said in a statement. “Culinary Union members make up an important component of Nevada’s middle class, and in these negotiations we proudly won our fair share of record profits while securing historic protections and billions in raises for Nevada’s working families.”
Other independently operated Strip properties reached tentative agreements with the union in the weeks leading up to the deadline, including Treasure Island, Circus Circus, Tropicana, Mirage, The Strat, Westgate and others.
Union members ratified an agreement with MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment and Wynn Resorts in November. The union threatened to go on strike several days before the Formula 1 race, putting pressure on operators to finalize the contractual agreement.
The interim agreements avoid a labor dispute before the region hosts Super Bowl 58 on Sunday.
Culinary negotiated a five-year, citywide contract for its members after it expired last June. It represents the housekeepers, waiters, delivery boys, porters, bartenders, and kitchen and laundry workers throughout the valley.