Saturday, May 31, 2014

Will There Be A Casino Strike Tomorrow?

Tomorrow, June 1st, is the deadline the union has given several downtown hotel and casinos to settle or the union thugs will go on strike.
From the LVRJ:
Come Sunday morning, Fremont Street could be recovering from a typical Saturday night in Las Vegas, or there will be labor unrest.
It all depends on how contract talks proceed between the ownership of five downtown Las Vegas hotel-casinos and representatives of Culinary Workers Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165.
The unions have called for a strike starting at 5 a.m. Sunday at the Four Queens, Binion’s, Plaza, Las Vegas Club and Golden Gate, where new collective bargaining agreements have not been settled. The old five-year contracts expired a year ago. Contract extensions ran out in February and the unions set a strike date 10 days ago.
All casinos on the Strip covered by the union contracts settled their contract negotiations by March.
As for downtown, the unions reached deals with the Golden Nugget in April, the Fremont and Main Street Station — which are owned by Boyd Gaming Corp. — on Monday, and the D Las Vegas on Friday.
Contract talks are expected to continue with unsettled hotels through the weekend.
Union spokeswoman Bethany Khan said in a statement that roughly 1,000 restaurant workers, hotel housekeepers, cocktail servers, bartenders, and other union members would walk off their jobs at the appointed time at any of the hotels where contracts have not been agreed upon.
If there is a strike, Culinary and Bartender members will carry picket signs in front of each entrance of the targeted casinos, including entrances along the Fremont Street Experience. The striking workers are expected to be joined on the picket lines by workers from properties that have contracts.
Some of the casinos that are struck, will probably hire non-union workers to replace the strikers and I would support that.
If you go on strike, you have to accept the consequences that you may no longer be employed and you have to accept what the union provides for you.  Little pay and no health insurance.  They may have to wait to get a settlement but lose thousands of dollars of salary to get a few hundred dollars.
And their health insurance is about the best in the Valley, so much so, that the union is complaining about the taxes ObamaCare will impose on it because their insurance is so good.
So, if they go on strike, there will be plenty of people waiting in line to take their jobs.
Is that what the strikers want?

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