Culinary Union and Unite Here call for Rampart Casino boycott

March 29, 2024
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Both groups have raised questions regarding current licensing.

Both the Culinary and Unite Here have called for a boycott at Rampart Casino at the Resort at Summerlin and asked customers “to not patronize the property.”

A labor dispute in Vancouver, Canada between Unite Here Local 40 workers and a Lalji family-owned hotel has caused workers to travel to Las Vegas. Along with the Culinary Union, they inquired in public before the Nevada Gaming Commission regarding the status of Rampart’s gaming license.

Shirazalli Jafferali Lalji, who died March 28, 2020, was listed as a gaming license holder until March 21, 2024. Labor union workers also discovered that Lalji continues to be listed as an active part of Rampart’s ownership structure, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

The Culinary Union said that it will continue to ask questions regarding this matter.

Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge commented, “For decades the Culinary Union has fought and won higher standards in the Las Vegas hospitality industry, from the Las Vegas Strip to Downtown to the locals market and our International Union of guest room attendants, cocktail servers, restaurant workers, bartenders, laundry and food service workers has a long history of protecting and advancing these standards through organizing, bargaining, strikes, and boycotts.

“We are concerned that a Lalji family business is engaged in a labor dispute in Vancouver totally at odds with these standards, and we fully support the strikers of Unite Here local 40.”

The Culinary Union also noted that on March 1 it sent letters to both Ferenc Szony and David Ross of the Rampart Casino at the Resort at Summerlin. The letters requested a conversation with the Lalji family.

As of now, Szony and Ross have not responded to the Culinary Union’s letters.


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