Las Vegas Union Reaches Tentative Deal With Caesars

MGM Resorts boss says he expects an agreement before strike deadline
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2023 6:10 PM CST
Updated Nov 8, 2023 6:15 PM CST
Strike Could Coincide With Las Vegas Grand Prix
Workers stand at a Formula 1 construction site at the Bellagio fountains on Sept. 25 in Las Vegas.   (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
UPDATE Nov 8, 2023 6:15 PM CST

Less than two days before a strike deadline that threatens a major event—the Las Vegas Grand Prix—the Culinary Workers Union announced a tentative deal with Caesars Entertainment. Negotiators agreed on terms of a five-year contract for about 10,000 workers, the AP reports. Talks were being held Wednesday with MGM Resorts and were planned for Thursday with Wynn Resorts. The Caesars deal raised hopes for avoiding a strike. MGM Resorts' CEO said he expects a deal by Friday. "As soon as one company reaches a deal, the others just fall right in line," said Bill Werner of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who has researched hospitality law and labor relations.

Nov 6, 2023 6:10 PM CST

Hospitality workers in Las Vegas say they'll walk off the job as soon as Friday morning if they don't reach a contract agreement with MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, and Wynn Resorts. The 35,000 members of the Culinary and Bartenders Union have been working under an expired contract for nearly two months, and labor leaders have been negotiating with the employers for seven months without a breakthrough, NPR reports. "Their current proposal on the table is historic, but it's not enough and workers deserve to have record contracts—especially after these giant corporations are enjoying their record profits," a union statement said.

The city is preparing to host a Formula 1 race, starting Nov. 16, and for the crush of fans coming with it. The union has asked people attending the race to not cross picket lines or patronize any casino or hotel involved in a labor dispute; race organizers did not immediately comment. Labor leaders said 18 casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip could be affected by a strike. Members planned to assemble picket signs on Monday, per KTNV. (Workers' sit-in blocked traffic last month.)

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