Vegas Casinos Reach Deal with Union to Avoid Strike

Las Vegas was under the threat of over 50,000 union workers striking. But the union has announced that they’ve reached a deal with MGM Resorts International, which covers around half of the employees. The agreement between the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the MGM was struck over the weekend. And the union has also […]

Las Vegas was under the threat of over 50,000 union workers striking. But the union has announced that they’ve reached a deal with MGM Resorts International, which covers around half of the employees.

The agreement between the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the MGM was struck over the weekend. And the union has also reached a tentative deal with Caesars Entertainment, the other big employer in Vegas.

Here’s a tweet from the Culinary Workers Union:

“BREAKING. We are pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached with @MGMResortsIntl. The historic new 5-year contract covers approximately 24,000 workers at 10 casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.”

Smaller Casinos still Awaiting Agreement

While deals with MGM and (potentially) Caesars are good news, this doesn’t cover the entire city. Several smaller casino companies have yet to reach deals with the union. If no agreement is reached, the city could still see its first strike in over 30 years.

The agreements were reached after thousands of hospitality workers threatened a strike over automation. Many employees are worried that their jobs will be taken by robots. Another issue is that the workers’ original union contract with the casinos ended on June 1.

Picketing Continues in Vegas

Given that there are still companies that have yet to reach a deal with the Culinary Workers Union, some workers are still picketing outside casinos.

The affected casinos have yet to offer contingency plans on what they’ll do without an agreement. But it’s believed that they would use replacement workers to keep the casino resorts open.

Many Vegas Casinos will be Safe from Strikes

The following Caesars’ Las Vegas properties will be safe from any potential strike: Bally’s, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Paris, Planet Hollywood, The Cromwell, The Linq and Caesars Palace, including Nobu. The deal also would apply to the off-Strip Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

If the MGM deals goes through, then the following properties will also be safe from a strike: Aria Resort & Casino, Bellagio Hotel & Casino, Circus Circus Hotel & Resort, Excalibur Hotel & Casino, Luxor Hotel & Casino, MGM Grand Las Vegas, The Mirage, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay, including the Delano and Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino, now known as Park MGM.

 

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