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Culinary Workers Vote To Strike
Culinary Workers Vote To Strike

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AIR DATE: March 28, 2014

by Chris Sieroty

Culinary Union members at about a dozen downtown Las Vegas casinos and other business have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if bargaining doesn’t yield a new contract.

A statement late Thursday from Culinary Union Local 226 said more than 99 percent voted for the authorization.

“Our entire union stands with our members who made this brave decision,” said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, secretary-treasurer of the Culinary.  Arguello-Kline has not set a strike deadline.

(Photos courtesy Culinary Union)

The vote involved unionized workers at Binion’s, El Cortez, Four Queens, Fremont, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, Las Vegas Club, Plaza, Main Street Station, and the D properties in downtown Las Vegas. The vote also affects workers at the Margaritaville bar on the Strip and linen services workers at Brady Industries in North Las Vegas.

Culinary leaders have been negotiating with casino owners since contracts expired last summer. Members last month voted to end a contract extension approved in June, which clears the way for a strike and pickets in downtown.

Meanwhile, culinary and bartender unions reached agreement last week on five-year contracts with the LVH casino, formerly the Las Vegas Hilton, Riviera, Tropicana, Treasure Island and the Stratosphere.

MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp. previously negotiated new five-year union deals.

The new contracts aim to restore workers laid off when restaurants closed during the recession. They also preserve health benefits and include measures to protect housekeepers from hazardous conditions.

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Chris Sieroty, KNPR reporter

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