LAS VEGAS – The Culinary Union, which represents over 60,000 hospitality workers in Nevada, has announced that it will announce an impending strike deadline for thousands of workers at three major casino-resort operators: MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, and Wynn Resorts.
The announcement will be made at noon on Thursday, November 3, 2023, regarding a deadline for 35,000 workers at those three companies in Las Vegas.
Union leaders say no additional “big table” negotiations are currently scheduled with those three companies. Workers voted back in September to authorize a strike, but the Culinary Union did not set a strike deadline until now.
The union has said it wants a new five-year contract that includes its largest-ever negotiated wage increase, reduced workloads, more on-the-job safety protections, better technology protections, and extended recall rights.
The Culinary Union is one of the most powerful unions in Nevada, and a strike by its members would have a significant impact on the state’s tourism industry.
The casino-resort operators have not commented on the Culinary Union’s announcement.
What to Expect Next
It is unclear when the Culinary Union will announce a strike deadline, but it is likely that the deadline will be within the next few weeks. If the union does not reach a contract agreement with the casino-resort operators by the strike deadline, workers will go on strike.
A strike would have a significant impact on the Las Vegas hospitality industry. Casinos would be forced to close or operate with reduced staff, and hotels would have to lay off workers. The strike would also hurt the state’s economy, as tourists would be less likely to visit Las Vegas if they knew there was a strike underway.
Both the Culinary Union and the casino-resort operators have an incentive to reach a contract agreement before the strike deadline. The union wants to avoid a strike because it would hurt its members financially. The casino-resort operators want to avoid a strike because it would hurt their businesses.
What Travelers Can Do
If you are planning a trip to Las Vegas, it is important to be aware of the potential for a strike by Culinary Union workers. You should monitor the news for updates on the strike negotiations, and you should have a backup plan in case the strike does occur.
If you are staying at a casino hotel, you should contact the hotel to see if they have any plans for accommodating guests in the event of a strike. You should also ask the hotel about their refund policy in case you need to cancel your trip.
If you are planning to visit restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip, you should contact the restaurants to see if they will be open in the event of a strike. You should also have a backup plan in case your favorite restaurants are closed.
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