Sahara and El Cortez settle Culinary Union Vegas strike action

February 2, 2024
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The number of casinos set to be impacted by coming strike action has reduced from 13 to eight.

Sahara, El Cortez have come to tentative agreements to settle strike action planned to commence today and Monday (February 5) by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226.

The agreements have reduced the number of casinos to be affected by the strike from 13 to eight, as was initially reported earlier this week

Sahara Las Vegas and El Cortez struck a five-year tentative deal with the union, which will affect roughly 850 hospitality workers across the operator's locations. The deal has been designed with a ‘one job should be enough’ objective in mind, to make hospitality jobs in Vegas more financially sustainable for staff.

In the initial report on the strike, Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge said, “It’s time for workers to get a fair contract and have security for themselves and their families. Corporations are making record profits and workers deserve to have record contracts.” This rings true, with Nevada reporting record-high monthly revenue in December 2023

The strike will now commence on Monday, involving two Strip casinos and six Downtown casinos. Picketing will occur beforehand in Downtown Vegas, on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 between 9am-9pm. This will affect all unsettled Downtown casinos, which are listed below in an image from the union.  

The strike follows negotiation in November after the strike was initially announced. The big three casinos (Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment) were able to negotiate with the union, as were properties such as the Mirage. At the big three, the tentative deals signed are expected to bring staff wages from $28 per hour to $37 per hour by the end of the five-year contract.

Source: The Culinary Union

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