US – Culinary Union to host ratification votes for the best contract ever with MGM, Caesars and Wynn Resorts workersBy Phil - 22 November 2023
After seven months of intense negotiations and under the looming threat of the largest hospitality worker strike in US history, the Culinary and Bartenders Unions have settled contracts for 40,000 unionized hospitality workers in Las Vegas.
The Culinary Union has won the best contracts ever in its 88 year history whilst reducing workload and steep housekeeping room quotas, daily room cleaning, and establishing the right for guest room attendants to securely work in set areas.
As Nevada’s largest union celebrates its 88-year-anniversary of fighting and winning for working families in Nevada, the Culinary Union is hosting ratification votes next week for MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, and Wynn Resorts workers ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“These were tough negotiations and it took seven months of hard work, committee meetings, sleepless nights, and worker-led organizing. Nothing was promised or guaranteed and thousands of workers who participated in rallies, protests, civil disobedience, picketing, surveys, picket sign making, strike vote, and delegations inside the properties sacrificed to win a better future for themselves and our families. Culinary Union members comprise a majority of Nevada’s middle-class and in these negotiations, we proudly won our fair share of record profits by securing billions for working families in Nevada,” said Ted Pappageorge, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union.
“The total compensation won by the Culinary Union for MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, and Wynn Resorts workers is approximately $2bn over the total five year contract – that’s $2 billion which will stay in Las Vegas and will benefit every community and neighborhood. Every worker will be getting a 10% wage increase in the first year and a total of 32 per cent over the life of the new contract. The average Culinary Union member earns about $28 an hour (including their benefits) under the previous contract, and by the end of this new five year contract, the average Culinary Union member will be earning about $37 an hour (including their benefits) and we recognize the largest private employers in Nevada for doing the right thing and investing in the frontline workers who make the entire industry run successfully.”