Vegas casino worker unions authorize a strike, threatening first major walkout in 39 years

Vegas casino worker unions authorize a strike, threatening first major walkout in 39 years

Article brief provided by The Nevada Independent
  • Howard Stutz & Jannelle Calderon, The Nevada Independent
September 27, 2023 8:24 AM
  • Howard Stutz & Jannelle Calderon, The Nevada Independent

Members of the Culinary and Bartenders unions overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to authorize their negotiating committees to call for a strike by some 53,000 non-gaming Strip and downtown casino employees.

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With chants of “one job should be enough,” some 20,000 workers, voting in two separate sessions at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center, were nearly unanimous in authorizing the first citywide strike against the resort industry in 39 years.

According to a post on the Culinary’s account on X, formerly known as Twitter, 95 percent of the members who participated in the vote approved the strike authorization.

Representatives of Culinary Workers Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165 said the results of the vote would authorize The strike is largely symbolic but gives the labor leadership — who said they are negotiating with management in good faith — the ability to call for a walkout.

Most of the union members participating in the morning session and those who spoke with The Nevada Independent expressed support for the strike.