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.
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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