By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
June 3, 2014
LAS VEGAS – A strike was avoided in Sin City after union negotiating committees representing workers at downtown hotels and casinos where a lot of our kababayans are employed joined the culinary union.
The Golden Gate Casino, Four Queens, Binions, Freemon, Main Street, Plaza, El Cortez and the Golden Nugget reached a tentative agreement for a new five-year contract starting June 1.
Settlements include the culinary bartenders union’s year-long citywide contract of 44,000 housekeepers, cooks, food servers, cleaners, cocktail servers and other hospitality workers on the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas whose contracts expired June 1, 2013.
Las Vegas downtown hotel properties are now working with a new five-year union contract which protects their health benefits pensions, improves housekeeping working conditions, and facilitates workers’ return to work in food and beverages jobs.
The culinary and bartenders pension fund ensures that worker can enjoy a dignified retirement after long years of demanding work in the hospitality industry.
The laundry workers are still in negotiations for a new contract.