A pending strike could crap out your clients’ Las Vegas vacation plans this month.
The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 have set a strike deadline of Nov. 10 after months of negotiations with Las Vegas’ three largest private employers failed to produce a new labor contract. Union officials say that more than 35,000 hospitality workers will walk off the job on Friday if the talks remain deadlocked.
“A month ago, workers voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, and we have continued negotiating in good faith, but unfortunately, companies haven’t made enough movement in negotiations,” said Culinary Union secretary-treasurer Ted Pappageorge in a press statement. “Their current proposal on the table is historic, but it’s not enough, and workers deserve to have record contracts, especially after these giant corporations are enjoying their record profits.”
Massive Las Vegas Resorts Targeted by Possible Strike
The strike, which the union says could be the largest in U.S. history, would target the Las Vegas hotels operated by MGM Resorts, Caesars International, and Wynn Resorts. It would affect virtually every major resort on the Las Vegas Strip, including the Aria, Bellagio, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, New York-New York, Park MGM, Caesars Forum, Caesars Palace, the Flamingo, Harrah’s, Horseshoe, Paris, Planet Hollywood, The Cromwell, The Linq, the Wynn, and the Encore resort.
The 35,000 casino employees slated to participate in the strike have been working under an expired contract since mid-September. In October, union employees began picketing in front of several casinos, held a rally on the Strip, and staged a sit-down protest in front of the Paris and Bellagio casinos in which several union members were arrested.
If the strike happens, it will coincide with the opening of the city’s inaugural Formula One race weekend—the first of what is expected to be a 10-year run of the Las Vegas Grand Prix.