Union Agreements Progress in Las Vegas
On Tuesday, preliminary agreements were finally reached between two Las Vegas casinos, Fremont Hotel & Casino and Main Street Station, and the bartender and culinary unions.Despite these agreements, a strike might still occur on Sunday at seven other downtown properties.
While details of the agreements with Boyd Gaming executives have not been revealed, it is clear that they involve 5-year contracts with the workers of the two Vegas casinos.
Meanwhile, negotiations are continuing with the seven other hotels including Golden Gate, El Cortez, Las Vegas Club, Plaza, Binion’s, Four Queens and The D, where work contracts already expired in June 2013.
According to union officials, over 2,000 union members from the seven properties which include cocktail servers, bartenders, restaurant workers and hotel housekeepers, will walk off the job on Sunday at 5:00am if contracts are not reached.
Thanks to the tentative agreement, workers at Fremont Hotel & Casino and Main Street Station will not take part in the strike.
The last strike in Las Vegas occurred only in 2002 when workers from Golden Gate Casino went on strike for 9 days.
Union officials are already warning visitors and guests that picketing might occur on Sunday.
Some of the big casino names such as Caesars Entertainment Corp. and MGM Resorts International previously reached 5-year agreements with the union which also maintained the cost of employees’ health care and allowed for flexible scheduling.