Las Veg­as’s Culi­nary Work­ers Union votes to strike, poten­tial­ly par­a­lyz­ing Strip

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Hos­pi­tal­i­ty work­ers in Las Vegas have vot­ed to go on strike, bring­ing an addi­tion­al chal­lenge to a city that is still reel­ing from a recent cyber­at­tack.
The Culi­nary Work­ers Union, which rep­re­sents tens of thou­sands of guest room atten­dants, cooks, and bar­tenders, among oth­ers in Las Vegas, vot­ed to strike against their employ­ers on Tues­day, mark­ing the first time in over 30 years that the union has vot­ed to walk off the job. The union mem­bers are call­ing for increased pay, job secu­ri­ty, and bet­ter con­di­tions.
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“We are the glue that keeps these hotels togeth­er, and we should be paid what we deserve,” said Dean­na Vir­gil, an employ­ee at Wynn Las Vegas.

Mem­bers of the Culi­nary Work­ers Union cheer as Sec­re­tary-Trea­sur­er Ted Pap­pa­george speaks dur­ing a ral­ly along the Las Vegas Strip, Thurs­day, Aug. 10, 2023, in Las Vegas.
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Ted Pap­pa­george, the union’s sec­re­tary-trea­sur­er and chief nego­tia­tor, has stat­ed that the three biggest resort com­pa­nies on the Las Vegas Strip — MGM, Cae­sars, and Wynn Resorts — would be the first to be affect­ed by this strike.
MGM Resorts said in a state­ment in response to the strike that it has a his­to­ry of nego­ti­at­ing with the union and that “both par­ties are com­mit­ted to nego­ti­at­ing a con­tract that is good for every­one.”
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