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Las Vegas hotel staff to protest at MGM, Caesars casinos, demanding better conditions and benefits.

Las Vegas Hospitality Workers to Picket MGM and Caesars Casinos

Unions Demand Better Wages and Working Conditions

The unions representing hospitality workers in Las Vegas have announced that thousands of workers will picket MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment casinos on the Las Vegas strip. These unions are known for their influence in the industry and are fighting for improved wages and conditions, especially after the significant job losses during the pandemic.

Las Vegas’s Tourism Industry Faces Challenges

Las Vegas heavily relies on tourism, but the city has faced a decline in visitation levels since the pandemic began. As of August 2023, visitation levels were 7% lower compared to the same period in 2019. Despite this, room rates have increased by more than 30% during the same period. The city is also preparing for major events, such as the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix, which is expected to attract over 100,000 tourists.

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Unions’ Demands and Actions

The Culinary and Bartenders unions are demanding higher wages, stronger job protections against technology that may threaten their positions, a reduction in demanding housekeeping quotas, and improved safety measures. Members of these unions will picket in front of eight MGM Resorts and Caesars casinos on the strip.

Meetings with Employers and Strike Authorization

After 95% of the union members voted in favor of a citywide strike at the end of September, the unions met with the three largest private employers in Las Vegas – MGM, Caesars, and Wynn. The purpose of these meetings was to negotiate and address the unions’ concerns.

The unions are determined to fight for their rights and are taking a stand against unfavorable working conditions. They believe that their demands are essential to ensure a fair and thriving hospitality industry in Las Vegas.

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