The Latest: Union: tentative labor deal struck with Caesars
LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest on a possible strike by tens of thousands of casino workers in Las Vegas (all times local):
A union representing the Las Vegas casino workers who have reached a tentative labor agreement with Caesars Entertainment says specific details won’t be released until the contract is ratified.
The Culinary Union and Caesars on Friday reached the tentative agreement covering about a quarter of the 50,000 hotel and casino workers that are threatening to strike in Las Vegas.
Union secretary-treasurer Geoconda Arg�ello-Kline says it believes Caesars got what it needs for ”business to continue” and the labor organization won what it needs to ”still provide the American dream for the members.”
Caesars’ properties on the Las Vegas Strip covered by the deal are Bally’s, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Paris, Planet Hollywood, The Cromwell, The Linq and Caesars Palace, including Nobu.
Caesars did not respond to a request for comment Friday.
There appears to be a tentative labor agreement that would cover about a quarter of the 50,000 hotel and casino workers that are threatening to strike in Las Vegas.
The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 said in a tweet Friday that the new five-year deal covers about 12,000 workers at nine casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Tens of thousands of bartenders, housekeepers, bellmen and other unionized workers at 34 casino-hotels on the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas have sought a new, five-year contract since February.
The current contracts expired at midnight.
Ninety-nine percent of about 25,000 workers voted last week to authorize a strike after contracts expire. No date has been set, but they’ve started signing up for strike pay, financial assistance and picketing shifts.