Tens of thousands of Las Vegas Strip hotel workers at 18 casinos could on go strike this month
if a new union contract is not reached soon.
Negotiations between the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the Las Vegas casinos are ongoing, and the union announced it could announce a strike authorization vote as soon as next week. The union has threatened to call for a strike of up to 50,000 workers if negotiations fail.
The workers are pushing for wage increases, more affordable health care, and stronger job security. The union has also called for better protection and dignity on the job.
The union says it “is committed to reaching an agreement that provides a fair wage, job security, and affordable health care for our members, while ensuring all Las Vegas Strip employees can earn a decent living.”
The union is pushing for a five-year contract with health care and wage increases that kick in after a period of more than a year without any. The casinos are offering a two-year contract, with one-time wage increases and no protection of health care costs.
The potential strike would be the largest in the history of the Strip, and could bring business to a standstill. If a strike is authorized and executed, it could cost casinos tens of millions of dollars and impact the local economy.