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13,000 Las Vegas Casino/Hotel Workers Ratify New Pact


The members of Culinary Workers Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165 (both UNITE HERE locals) voted Tuesday to ratify a five-year contract with Caesars Entertainment covering the 13,000 members of both locals. The deal, which replaces the previous contract that expired in June, was approved by 97% of the voters.

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Cosmopolitan Workers Rally on the Strip for a Contract

Cosmopolitan Workers Rally on the Strip for a Contract

Some 6,000 hotel workers and community supporters rallied Friday in front of The Cosmopolitan hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Members of Culinary Workers Union/UNITE HERE Local 226 picketed to support Cosmopolitan workers who have been trying to negotiate a contract with their employer for more than two years, since they first voted to join the union.

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Culinary Local 226 Organizer Honored by White House for Immigration Work

Photo courtesy Yvanna Cancela's Twitter Stream

Yvanna Cancela, an organizer for Culinary Workers Union Local 226 in Las Vegas, is being honored by the White House today for her work with immigrants, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Cancela is the only union organizer to be named one of 11 honorees of this year's César Chávez Champions of Change awards, named after the United Farm Worker leader. She is being honored for her work in organizing Nevada residents in favor of creating an immigration process that includes a road map to citizenship.

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Las Vegas Strip Action Results in 98 Arrests

Las Vegas Strip Action Results in 98 Arrests

Nearly 100 workers were arrested Wednesday night in Las Vegas as they engaged in civil disobedience to protest the Cosmopolitan casino's refusal to agree to a fair contract with its workers. As reported Wednesday, members of Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165 blocked the street on the Las Vegas Strip, leading to 98 arrests.

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Casino Workers to Engage in Civil Action on Las Vegas Strip

Photo courtesy: Culinary Workers Union Local 226

On Wednesday night, members of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165 will engage in the first act of civil disobedience on the Las Vegas strip by union members in more than 20 years in solidarity with workers from the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas casino. The workers have been negotiating a contract with the casino owner, Deutsche Bank, for more than two years and they contend that the owner refuses to agree on measures that are standard in other major casino contracts on the strip. Workers plan to engage in action by blocking traffic. Contracts for workers on the Strip will expire June 1.

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Culinary Academy Prepares Workers for Jobs on Las Vegas Strip

The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, a partnership among the Culinary Workers Union/UNITE HERE Local 226, Bartenders Union/UNITE HERE Local 165 and 26 properties on the Las Vegas Strip, teaches students everything they need to know to get a position with good wages and benefits in the hospitality industry. The vocational classes, which range from two weeks to three months, kick off with a half-day class, which teaches students interview techniques and how to be gainfully employed on the Strip. In addition to training 35,000 workers since its inception in 1993, it also serves nearly 900 hot meals daily to disadvantaged youth, seniors and veterans in the surrounding neighborhood. This video highlights how students trained in this program will find promising careers.

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Arguello-Kline Becomes Culinary Union's First Latina Leader

Geoconda Arguello-Kline, a former housekeeper and Nicaraguan refugee, today was named secretary-treasurer of Culinary Workers Union Local 226 of UNITE HERE in Las Vegas. Arguello-Kline is the first Latina leader of the union and will represent 60,000 hotel and restaurant workers. 

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UNITE HERE Elects Taylor as New President

From left to right: UNITE HERE Secretary-Treasurer Sherri Chiesa, President D. Taylor and Retiring President John Wilhelm.

D. Taylor, leader of UNITE HERE’s Local 226 (the Culinary Workers Union) in Las Vegas, has been elected president of the national union. He replaces John Wilhelm, who served as president since 2009.

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Culinary Academy of Las Vegas Hits the Jackpot for Labor and Management

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker poses with Culinary Academy of Las Vegas students.

Arlene Holt Baker is the executive vice president of the AFL-CIO. 

In the gambling capital of the country, labor and management are putting their chips on one very safe bet: training for workers.

Yesterday, I had the unique opportunity to visit the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, a labor-management trust. The academy is the result of a collectively bargained labor-management partnership with UNITEHERE!'s Las Vegas Culinary Workers Union Local 226, Bartenders Union Local 165 and employers, including 26 major hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.

The academy provides training for hourly workers, many of whom are immigrants, who want to enter the hotel industry. It also provides upgrade education and training for current union members looking to brush up their skills and have greater career mobility in the hospitality industry.

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Casino Workers Seek Fair Process

Photo by Yvanna Cancela

The thousands of workers at Station Casinos, the third largest private employer in the Las Vegas area, have a simple request. They want a fair process, free of managerial interference, to decide whether to have union representation.

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