Possible Cullinary STRIKE in Vegas!

Discussion in 'Nevada' started by MattInVegas, May 25, 2007.

  1. MattInVegas

    MattInVegas John Denver Mega-Fan

    Don't get alarmed just yet. This happens EVERTIME they build a new hotel, and don't want to pay union wages or one benifit or other. They know this town won't survive if our Visitors can't get something to eat. No Buffet's, NO Vegas. Am I right? So... IF you plan on Visiting or if you live here. Support Union labor.

    IF this stirke happens, they say it won't be until after the hotter months of our summer. (116 plus in some area.)
     
  2. MattInVegas

    MattInVegas John Denver Mega-Fan

    Okay here I am back with an update finally. So far, there is a 90 day freeze on strikes, BUT! union negotiations DO continue, and a resolution is expected by 31 Jul 2007.
    This will mean a lot to ANYONE who visits Las Vegas, and wants something to eat or clean linens during your stay. These are your food servers, your maids, and YES! Your BARTENDERS!
     
  3. MattInVegas

    MattInVegas John Denver Mega-Fan

  4. MattInVegas

    MattInVegas John Denver Mega-Fan

    Here the latest on this issue.

    Harrah's Corp. is expected to sign the new contract. (To be ratified by union members tonight) We are still awaiting MGM-Mirage to agree to the terms.
     
  5. MattInVegas

    MattInVegas John Denver Mega-Fan

    Here's the latest on this issue. The 'MGM/Mirage Corp" refused the same agreement as ratified by other Casino/Resort owners. Facts can be checked at the above listed Local 226 website. Members are awaiting a date to meet and vote to strike or not.
    For you tourists, this could close many of your favorite places to eat in Las Vegas.
     
  6. MattInVegas

    MattInVegas John Denver Mega-Fan

    Okay. NOW you can worry. The following article is used without permission, however I did include the credit(s).

    Culinary Members Could Authorize Strike Against Some Hotels
    07-30-2007 6:55 AM

    (Las Vegas, NV) -- Las Vegas resorts that have not signed an agreement with the Culinary Union could face a strike. Union officials say members will vote September 12th to give negotiators the authority to call a strike if talks don't work out. One negotiator calls the vote a "tool" in the contract talks with MGM Mirage and a number of other resorts that have not yet agreed on a new five-year contract with thousands of Culinary Union workers. The union has already reached agreements with Harrah's-owned casinos and Wynn Las Vegas. Other hotel workers are still on the job during negotiations, with the same wages and benefits as the old contract that expired in June. Culinary negotiators plan talks with smaller operators such as the Stratosphere, the Las Vegas Hilton and downtown casinos before they resume talks with MGM Mirage. A major sticking issue has been language allowing the Culinary to organize workers on projects where the casino operator has a joint venture agreement.


    Copyright 2007 Metro Networks Communications Inc., A Westwood One Company


    My wife is IN on the vote, and could be one of the people out there walking. She is employed by one of the major companies involved. Can I ask for your support on her behalf? Thanks friends.
     
  7. MattInVegas

    MattInVegas John Denver Mega-Fan

    Let me re-phrase. Please not not patronize the hotels IF you see a picket line. The others will be safe. As always, I'll let ya'll know after the missus informs me.
     
  8. zillagod

    zillagod Member

    Well, after living here for some 25 years or more, I dont patronize hardly any of the hotel/casinos. Only ones I frequent on a regular basis is Jerry's Nugget and the Boulder Station casino. Otherwise, I usually dont go to any of the other places.
     
  9. MattInVegas

    MattInVegas John Denver Mega-Fan

    I figured that with Vegas being the tourist town it is, the news may help with convention season on the way. Plus the wife works at the one with the volcano.
     
  10. drumminmama

    drumminmama Super Moderator Lifetime Supporter

    I'm Union inclined. Which means my shop isn't Guild (I'm a reporter), and can't be so without people losing their jobs, but I'm highly sympathetic, even when a strike puts me out, such as public transit.

    I have a question for ya, Matt.
    Are all casinos Unionized, and will a strike merely put bux in the non-Union places' coffers?
     
  11. MattInVegas

    MattInVegas John Denver Mega-Fan

    Well, as of this date, it's only the MGM-Mirage group that refuses to sign the new contract. Harrah's and a few other owners have agreed to the terms so far...
    Hilton Corp is next. So, IF they walk, it'll only be the afore mentioned group emloyees.
    You see, it's NOT just the food service people. It's also Housekeepers, bartenders and hotel porters too. But only from those hotels.
     
  12. MattInVegas

    MattInVegas John Denver Mega-Fan

    I'm hearing from my wife, that IF there is a walkout, eating establishments all over town are going out. I'll keep the news reports up. (I also reference the Culinary Union website. I gave the web address before.)
     
  13. MattInVegas

    MattInVegas John Denver Mega-Fan

    This is still unofficial. But. MGM/Mirage corp. expected to sign contract within 72 hours.
    That averts a major labor strike in Nevada.
     
  14. MattInVegas

    MattInVegas John Denver Mega-Fan

    Culinary Reaches Tentative Deal With MGM Mirage
    08-23-2007 5:18 AM

    (Las Vegas, NV) -- About 21 thousand workers at MGM Mirage-owned casinos will vote Friday on a new contract with the Culinary Union. A tentative deal on a new five-year agreement was announced late Wednesday night after a ten-hour bargaining session. Details of the new agreement have not been announced, but Culinary officials say it's similar to one reached with Harrah's Entertainment in June. A major sticking point between the union and MGM Mirage was language allowing the Culinary to organize workers on projects where the casino operator has a joint venture, including MGM Mirage's CityCenter project on the Strip. That issue was settled in favor of the union. With the two largest resort firms now settled, the Culinary will continue talks with the smaller casino operators and downtown resorts. About eleven-thousand Culinary members are working under extensions of the old contract. Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, who was in Las Vegas on Wednesday, praised the agreement as a "model for labor" that has "spurred corporate growth" and a "vibrant local union."


    Copyright 2007 Metro Networks Communications Inc., A Westwood One Company


    Well, there it is. We feel comfortable that the conract will be ratified by workers.
    (We, being my wife and myself.)
     

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