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No casino strike as Golden Gate, unions reach a deal

(Sandra Gonzalez / KSNV News 3)
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Updated: 6/02 1:20 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Workers and management at the downtown Golden Gate Hotel and Casino reached a tentative agreement early Sunday after all-night negotiations, avoiding what would have been the first Las Vegas casino strike in more than a decade.

Officials of Culinary Workers Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165 announced the agreement in an email to the media at 6:30 a.m. The Golden Gate was the last hotel-casino to settle. Four downtown properties settled their contract negotiations on Saturday.

The unions had planned a walkout at 5 a.m. Sunday at any unsettled properties. When 5 a.m. arrived, there was no walkout as Golden Gate and union officials were completing their talks.

“We are pleased that we have settled new contracts with our major employers that will allow union members to have an opportunity to provide for their families through hard work under a fair contract,” Culinary Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Arguello-Kline said in an emailed statement. “We will make sure that other casino workers in Las Vegas who aspire to the same union standard of living will be able to join our union family soon.”

The final settlement concluded more than a year of contract negotiations between the unions and Strip and downtown casinos covering some 44,000 non-gaming employees, including housekeepers, cooks, food servers, cleaners, cocktail servers, and other hospitality workers.

All contracts expired June 1 of last year, but contract talks began well before the expiration date.

Details of the agreements have not been released, but in general, union workers kept their free health benefits.

In its statement, the Culinary said the contracts protect workers “health benefits and pensions, improves housekeeping working conditions, and facilitates workers’ return to work in food and beverage jobs.”

The new five-year contracts are retroactive to June 1, 2013.

Tentative agreements where workers will hold ratification votes next week include The D Las Vegas, Four Queens, Binion’s, Fremont, Main Street Station, Plaza, Las Vegas Club, El Cortez and the Golden Gate.


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