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Thousands Of Casino Workers In Vegas Approve Strike

Dorathy Gass

Those planning a trip to Las Vegas anytime soon better read on: tens of thousands of casino workers in Sin City could walk off the job soon, as union members voted to place a strike in motion any time after June 1st. Should a strike happen, this would be the first time in 30 years this has occurred, and it could potentially cripple tourism casino hotel revenues in Vegas.

Approximately 25,000 Culinary Union members working at over 30 different hotel-casino-resorts in Vegas cast ballots this past week in a show of solidarity against the biggest Nevada labor organization in the state. This move will offer union negotiators a solid chip to bargain with as they collaborate on new five-year term contracts.

The last time the union voted for a strike was in 2002; however, a deal was reached before workers walked. The year 1984 marked the last strike in Las Vegas that spanned over two months. The city took a hard blow around this one, costing Vegas and workers tens of millions during that time.

Travelweek recently reported that this strike would mean that casino-hotels would lose key roles within their organization, including: food and cocktail servers, housekeepers, bellmen, kitchen workers and cooks, as well as bartenders. Some hotels affected by the strike include: Planet Hollywood, MGM Grand, Caesars Palace, The D, El Cortez, and Bellagio.

Interestingly enough, a strike may also interfere with hockey fans heading out see the Golden Knights play their finals within the Stanley Cup tournament in early June.

Over 50,000 unionized workers have contracts that will expire come midnight on May 31, and negotiations when it comes to individual casino-operating organizations have not been successful when it comes to new terms. Union representatives are looking for an increase in wage, job protection in an age of increased technology at hotel-casinos, as well as stronger language when it comes to sexual harassment.

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