In an unfolding labor dispute, casino workers from eight Vegas establishments under MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment plan to form informational picket lines to protest against pay and working conditions. The labor action is orchestrated by the Culinary Workers Union aiming to accelerate progress in ongoing contract negotiations.
The union, which represents more than 60,000 workers in total, announced the picketing as a step to intensify pressure on the two casino operators. They voiced dissatisfaction over the pace of the five-year contract discussions, with union representatives asserting that operators have not made significant strides toward resolving the dispute.
In the union, over 53,000 members operate out of Las Vegas. The CWU has signaled it may resort to strike action unless operators meet worker demands. Prior to this, the workforce had given an overwhelming vote of 95% support for a potential strike. However, union leaders are endeavoring, where possible, to solve the controversy without needing to resort to extreme labor action.
The strategy is to form picket lines at eight locations in Las Vegas to put increasing pressure on the casinos to heed workers’ demands. These “informational picket lines” are planned to operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the upcoming Thursday. Workers will form picket lines at Park MGM, Paris Las Vegas, The Linq Hotel, Harrah’s, Flamingo, Horseshoe Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort, and New York-New York.
Adding to the scope of the dispute, the Culinary and Bartenders Union said that “contracts covering 43,000 workers at MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, and Wynn Resorts have expired.” As a result of the dispute and the formation of picket lines, 18 casino properties across the Las Vegas strip are now caught in an active labor dispute.