Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Union Thugs At Downtown Casinos To Strike?

From the LVRJ: Having worked for a year with unsettle contracts, the Culinary and Bartenders unions on Wednesday called for a June 1 strike against nine downtown Las Vegas casinos.
Upwards of 2,000 restaurant workers, hotel housekeepers, cocktail servers, bartenders, and other members of the unions plan to walk off their jobs and picket outside The D, Four Queens, Binion’s, Fremont, Main Street Station, Plaza, Las Vegas Club, El Cortez and Golden Gate.
But union leaders still have meetings with El Cortez and Boyd Gaming, which owns Fremont and Main Street Station casinos, scheduled before the strike date, according to Culinary Workers Local 226 spokeswoman Bethany Khan.
“Our members downtown deserve to earn a decent living by working hard under a fair contract,” Geoconda Arguello-Kline, leader of the Culinary Union, said in a news release. “They should not be left behind as hundreds of millions of new investments pour in for downtown revitalization.”
Boyd Gaming spokesman David Strow declined comment on the negotiations.
Khan said union leaders are “leaving calendars open” to meet other casino executives.
“A strike is a last resort, and we would prefer a settlement, we would prefer a contract,” Khan said.
Last month, the unions agreed to a five-year deal with the Gold Nugget. Earlier this year, the unions made similar agreements with Strip casinos.
Those settlements have followed a typical procedure, and the latest union announcement could be interpreted as little more than “saber rattling,” or a bargaining tactic to encourage a settlement, said Bill Werner, an associate professor of labor relations and employment law at UNLV.
“There have been very few times when downtown casinos have taken on a strike that didn’t start on the Strip,” Werner said. “There’s no reason to believe there is some issue downtown that has got them at absolute impasse that doesn’t exist anywhere else on the Strip. That issue would have shown itself by now.”
Seeing that I will be soon unemployed, I might be able to find a job at the downtown casinos as a scab.
Maybe I can get a job as a person who gives out free drinks to the gamblers but I probably don't have the legs or bust for that job.

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