Las Vegas Unions Plan Pickets

The Culinary and Bartenders unions, which represent hospitality workers in Las Vegas, planned to picket 10 casinos in Downtown Las Vegas last weekend. MGM and Caesars properties have signed new agreements, but a number of independents have not.

“Information picket” will educate the public

The Culinary and Bartenders unions of Las Vegas planned to picket at 10 Downtown Las Vegas casinos over the weekend.

“This is the next step in us getting ready to go on strike,” said Bethany Khan, a spokeswoman for Local 226 of the Culinary Union. “This is an informational picket, letting the public and customers know there’s an active labor dispute at these properties.”

The unions have recently negotiated new five-year contracts with properties owned by MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment, as well as several stand-alone casinos. Unsettled properties include Binion’s, the El Cortez, Four Queens, the Fremont, the Golden Gate, the Golden Nugget, the Las Vegas Club, the Plaza, Main Street Station, and the D. The picket also includes Brady Laundries, which provides linen services for casino workers, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Workers from Strip properties that have OK’d new agreements could come out in support of their fellow union members.