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Las Vegas Casino Workers Strike On May, 22nd 2018

Ryan Knuppel

Uncertainty glares over Las Vegas Casino bigwigs following the alleged May 22 Casino workers’ strike vote. The vote is set to determine whether or not a strike should commence in case their tabled arguments are not reached. This announcement comes after closed-door meetings held by the Casino Workers Unions earlier this week.

The potential strike is likely to cause a major backlash on 34 Downtown Las Vegas and Strip resorts. A number of these properties are run by hospitality and gaming moguls MGM Resort International and Caesars Entertainment Corp. These two Casino gaming companies seem to hold the life line of the city, and with the closure of some of their major establishments, havoc is doomed to reign over the city’s casino industry. Other companies that might as well be affected include Golden Entertainment, Penn National, and Boyd Gaming.

Las Vegas Casino workers union officials and executives of the 34 mentioned operators have been in round table talks for over two months with limited outcomes. These talks have been stirred up by the June 1st expiring contracts of over 50,000 workers that are yet to be renewed. The talks aimed at ironing out issues between the Casino workers and their employers before any new contract are drafted.

According to the latest press release done by Geoconda Argüello-Kline, one of the Casino Workers union official states that the strike vote shows the unions relentlessness in the fight for justice for their members. The unions are looking for a piece of the pie that gaming operators seem to enjoy following the huge deductions in the corporate tax rate.

Previously Geoconda Argüello is spotted talking about the unions waging for their members’ rights regarding increased wages, protection of their existing benefits and layoff prevention even with the integration of technology in every aspect of the casino world.

The Strike vote is one bullet set to cripple Las Vegas Casino industry in case the votes pass. This will force the union to call for strikes in all 34 Las Vegas casino establishments, a move that will see all these establishments emptied.

In attempts to save the day even as it fast approaches, the MGM and Caesars gaming operators seem optimistic about the ongoing negotiations with the workers’ unions. One of the major issues they are open to addressing is the sexual harassment plea that requires housekeepers to have a “panic button” to alert managers in case they are in a risky situation.

The recent Las Vegas workers’ contracts for over 50,000 employees are set to expire on June 1st. The workers’ unions are looking to extend these contracts by five years with better terms and conditions as a plus. However, time can only tell the outcome of the round table talks as each side seems relentless to give up its demands. Nevertheless, the clock keeps on ticking as workers watch in dismay.

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