Las Vegas workers vote to authrorize strike

Las Vegas casino industry might take a hit when tens of thousands of hotel and casino go on a strike. The workers have voted to authorize a strike next month if their contracts are not renewed before they expire at the end of May.

The Culinary Union have made an announcement on Tuesday where they revealed their intentions saying  that ninety-nine percent of members have favoured the strike.

 The vote has now authorized the union to call a strike any time after June 1. It could give leverage to the unions in negotiations.

In 2002, the union voted for a strike in 2002 but they managed to make compromise and prevented the employees from walking out.

The contracts for bartenders and culinary unions at 34 casinos would be expiring on May 31. It covers 50,000 workers which includes bartenders, room attendants, servants, cooks and kitchen workers.

The unions want the contract to provide the workers security against sexual harassment, and the use of subcontractors and technology, among other issues, the culinary union said.

“Over last eighty years , casino workers in Vegas have been faced with the same decision: Show up or give up,” Argüello-Kline said in a statement earlier this month.

However, MGM states that they would keep meeting with the union.

“As we continue to bargain, we are hopeful that we will resolve contract issues and negotiate a contract that works for everyone,” the company asserted in a statement.

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