Culinary union calls for strike against 9 downtown casinos

LAS VEGAS -- The Culinary and Bartenders Unions have called for a strike against nine casinos in Las Vegas Downtown starting on June 1. The strike will last until a fair contract settlement is reached, the group said.

At 5 a.m. on June 1, restaurant workers, hotel housekeepers, cocktail servers, bartenders, and other members of the unions will walk off their jobs and start 24/7 picketing of The D, Four Queens, Binion's, Fremont, Main Street Station, Plaza, Las Vegas Club, El Cortez, and Golden Gate.

The Golden Nugget casino downtown reached a five-year agreement with the union last month.

"For nearly 80 years, our unions have made casino jobs good jobs in Las Vegas," said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, leader of the Culinary Union. "Our members Downtown deserve to earn a decent living by working hard under a fair contract. They should not be left behind as hundreds of millions of new investments pour in for Downtown revitalization."

Union members from the nine properties have been picketing in downtown Las Vegas after contracts were terminated. They have also been signing up for strike benefits and strike picket shifts since the strike authorization vote on March 27, according to the union.



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