Wynn Resorts union workers ratify new contract via 99% vote

November 23, 2023
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All three casinos have now reached deals with the Culinary Union.

Wynn Resorts workers representing the Culinary Union have voted in favor of ratifying their new contract. Culinary Union members approved the vote by 99%.

The vote followed a similar outcome involving MGM and Caesars Entertainment workers, who also approved their new contracts earlier in the week by a 99% vote.

Union workers negotiated for nearly seven months with MGM, Caesars and Wynn to reach an agreement on new contracts.

On average, casino workers earn nearly $26 per hour. Workers can expect that average to reach $35 an hour at the end of the five-year contract.

Culinary Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge told the Review-Journal that the union negotiated for “stronger protections against job-replacing technology.”

He said in a recent statement, “After seven months of negotiations, we are proud to say that this is the best contract and economic package we have ever won in our 88-year history.”

Pappageorge went on to explain what workers will receive through the new contract going forward.

He told local news, “The Culinary Union has won the best contracts ever in its 88-year history. The total compensation won by the Culinary Union for workers employed at MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, and Wynn Resorts casino properties is approximately $2bn over the total five-year contract – that’s $2bn which will stay in Las Vegas and will benefit every community and neighborhood."

Employees will receive a 10% boost in wages during the first year under the terms of the new agreement. Wage increases will top out at a 32% raise throughout the life of the contract, the local report said. The initial wage increase will be retroactive, going back to June 1.

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