..

Vegas Could be Crippled as Strike Possibility Looms

Written by:
Guest
Published on:
May/10/2018

LAS VEGAS (Associated Press) — The union representing 50,000 Las Vegas casino employees whose contracts will expire at the end of the month announced Wednesday the workers are set to vote on whether to strike, a move that could cripple the city.  SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE


BetPhoenix Live Dealer Casino Proudly Accepts Bitcoin

The Culinary Union will hold the strike vote May 22 at a university arena near the Las Vegas Strip. A majority of yes votes would allow the union’s negotiators to call for a strike at any time starting June 1.

“On May 22, thousands of union members will show casino employers that workers are going to fight for security and that they are not going to be left behind as companies are making record profits and getting windfall tax breaks,” Geoconda Arguello-Kline, the union’s secretary-treasurer, said in a statement.

A strike would empty 34 casino-hotels on the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas of kitchen employees, food and cocktail servers, housekeepers and other workers key to running a resort.

The workers’ existing contracts will expire at midnight May 31. Negotiations for new five-year contracts began in February.

Arguello-Kline previously told The Associated Press the group planned to negotiate with companies to protect existing benefits, increase wages, protect job security against the increasing adoption of technology at hotel-casinos, and to strengthen language against sexual harassment. The union has asked casino operators to give every housekeeper a so-called “panic button,” a wireless device that can alert managers if they are in a threatening situation.

MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment operate more than half of the properties that would be affected by a strike.

“MGM Resorts and the Culinary and Bartenders Unions have always been great partners,” MGM said in a statement Wednesday. “We have issues to address, but we’re confident we will find mutually beneficial solutions to all our contract issues.”

Richard Broome, executive vice president of communications and government relations for Caesars, said the company will continue to negotiate in good faith with the union and is optimistic that it “will achieve a good settlement before the current contract expires at the end of this month.”

Both companies previously said they would work with the union to equip housekeepers at their Las Vegas casino-resorts with the panic buttons.

The last citywide strike vote took place in 2002, when the overwhelming majority of 25,000 workers voted in favor of authorizing a strike. A deal was reached before a strike was called.

Carlos Martinez, a pantry worker at the MGM-operated Mirage casino-resort, said he plans to vote in favor of a strike because workers won’t allow companies to outsource their “jobs to robots.”

“Technology can be assistive in the workplace, but workers should have a voice in that and additional job training,” he said in a statement. “The company needs to invest in human capital and treat us with dignity.”

A citywide strike last happened in 1984 and lasted 67 days. Union members lost an estimated $75 million in wages and benefits, while the city lost a like amount in lifeblood tourism revenue. Millions more were lost in gambling income.

Gambling News

NFL Betting – Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 Season Win Total

NFL Betting – Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 Season Win Total

The Ben Roethlisberger era is coming to an end, but it isn’t there yet. Big Ben took a pay cut to return, and while the offense isn’t going to be as powerful as it once was it should still be good enough to keep the Pittsburgh Steelers near the top of the AFC North. The Steelers cashed the OVER on their 9.5 win total last season winning their first 11 games and claiming another division title with a 12-4 record.

What is Pay Per Head?

What is Pay Per Head?

Pay per head (PPH) entails exchanging casino, sportsbook, and software for bookies for a weekly or monthly commission for each active player on your site. Many bookies hire PPH agents to manage key gambling operations. 

Sharks Evander Kane Issues Statement Regarding Allegations He Bet Hockey Games

Sharks Evander Kane Issues Statement Regarding Allegations He Bet Hockey Games

Sunday morning, San Jose Sharks player Evander Kane issued a statement denying he has ever gambled on hockey games.  This follows allegations from his wife claiming he was placing bets on games, including those featuring the Sharks, with a local bookmaker. 

NHL Begins Probe of Sharks Evander Kane Allegations: Bet on Own Games

NHL Begins Probe of Sharks Evander Kane Allegations: Bet on Own Games

Dan Lust via Twitter reports that the NHL announced a full investigation into allegations that Evander Kane of the San Jose Sharks has been betting on his own games with bookies.

Syndicate