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Union Reaches Agreements with Hotel-Casinos in Downtown Las Vegas, Averting Strike


LAS VEGAS — The Culinary Workers Union, the largest union in Nevada representing hospitality workers, has announced that it has reached a series of tentative agreements with six hotel-casinos in downtown Las Vegas. As a result, the strike deadline that had been set for Monday morning has been called off.

The union revealed on Saturday that it had successfully negotiated a five-year contract with the Golden Nugget, Binion’s, Four Queens, Fremont, and Main Street hotels, covering approximately 1,000 workers. On Sunday, the union also reached a tentative agreement with Downtown Grand, which represents around 200 employees.

However, negotiations are still ongoing for Virgin Las Vegas, an off-Strip resort. Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge has expressed optimism about reaching an agreement with Virgin Las Vegas in the near future.

This development comes after the Culinary Workers Union secured contracts for 40,000 members at the three largest employers on the Las Vegas Strip — MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment, and Wynn Resorts — thus preventing a potentially groundbreaking strike. With these latest agreements, the union is now focused on establishing the same contract terms for workers at other hotel-casinos in Las Vegas.

Notably, negotiations have been successfully concluded with properties such as Circus Circus, Sahara Las Vegas, the Strat, Circa Resort, and downtown’s El Cortez since early January. However, obstacles arose during negotiations with some of the remaining casinos, prompting the union to set a strike deadline if tentative contracts were not reached by Monday at 5 a.m.

The timing of the resolution is particularly significant as Super Bowl LV is expected to bring approximately 330,000 visitors to Las Vegas this week. The Culinary Union’s efforts have ensured labor stability during this prominent event.

With around 60,000 members statewide, the Culinary Union is an influential force in Nevada. It represents its members in negotiating five-year contracts.

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