The Culinary Workers Union in Las Vegas held a strike vote for the first time in 15 years yesterday, and they decided to strike if they can't agree on a new five-year contract with 34 properties.
The vote Tuesday authorizes a strike at any time starting June 1.
The move hands union negotiators a huge bargaining chip as they work to solidify new five-year contracts.
“This is basically a tool they now have -- another arrow in their quiver so to speak that they have in negotiations,” Howard Stutz, executive editor of CDC Gaming Reports, told KNPR's State of Nevada.
Stutz said the vote was to get the union's message out, but people shouldn't be worried that the Strip is going to shut down on June 1.
“It was a good show by them," he said. "Everybody knew they were going to get that vote but it doesn’t mean anything is going to happen right away.”
“It would hurt and it would hurt bad and I think nobody wants to see that,” he said.
Howard Stutz, executive editor, CDC Gaming Reports
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