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Boulder Station Employees Vote To Unionize

Union representation may be coming to one of the remaining casino holdouts in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports a two-thirds majority of eligible employees at Boulder Station voted over the weekend to join the Culinary Union Local 226.

Boulder Station's parent company, Station Casinos, has long fought against unionization efforts by the Culinary.

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In a statement provided to KNPR today, Station Casinos' president Richard Haskins said, "While we are disappointed with the manner in which the Union conducted the Boulder Station election campaign and with the election result, we accept it and will satisfy our legal obligation to bargain in good faith, with a sincere desire to reach agreement."

He also described the Culinary's tactics as a "corporate terrorism campaign."

The Culinary Union said in its own statement that it "continues to call on Station Casinos to agree to a fair process so that workers can decide whether to unionize free from management interference, intimidation, bullying, and litigation."

No word yet on when negotiations for unionization will begin to take place.

Casey Morell is the coordinating producer of Nevada Public Radio's flagship broadcast State of Nevada and one of the station's midday newscast announcers. (He's also been interviewed by Jimmy Fallon, whatever that's worth.)