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Culinary Workers Union, Caesars Reach Tentative Deal 48 Hours Before Strike

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on November 8, 2023 - Last Updated on November 9, 2023
Caesars Palace Hotel-Casino Las Vegas Fountain And Buildings with Caesars Entertainment logo

The Culinary Workers Union in Las Vegas has reached a tentative deal with Caesars Entertainment that could help prevent an unprecedented strike across more than a dozen hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.

The labor union, representing tens of thousands of Las Vegas hospitality workers, has set Nov. 10 for the strike deadline. That is if contact agreements aren’t reached after months of ongoing negotiations.

Negotiations with MGM and Wynn are still underway

In a post on X, Culinary Union confirmed reaching a tentative agreement toward a 5-year contract regarding nearly 10,000 workers at nine Las Vegas properties. The tentative deal came after 20 straight hours of negotiations.

As reported by News3lv, Caesars CEO Tom Reeg said on the earnings call last week:

“You’ve heard me say before, we have done quite well as a company post-merger, post-pandemic, and our employees should and will participate in that.

So, you should expect that when we reach an agreement on a contract, it’s going to be the largest increase that our employees have seen in the four decades since we started interacting with the Culinary Union.”

A protest is still on the table and could happen if the union can’t make a deal with MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts by Friday 5 a.m.  

In the meantime, the tentative agreement with Caesars could provide the solution needed for the Culinary Union to accomplish new 5-year contracts for all 35,000 members.

These people have been working under expired contracts at 18 Las Vegas casino-hotel properties run by Caesars, MGM, or Wynn. Here’s an entire list:

  • Caesars Entertainment:
    • Caesars Forum
    • Caesars Palace
    • The Cromwell
    • Flamingo
    • Harrah’s
    • Horseshoe
    • The Linq
    • Paris
    • Planet Hollywood
  • MGM Resorts:
    • Aria
    • Bellagio
    • Excalibur
    • Luxor
    • Mandalay Bay
    • MGM Grand
    • New York New York
    • Park MGM
  • Wynn Resorts
    • Wynn Las Vegas

Negotiations with MGM Resorts will occur Wednesday and with Wynn Resorts on Thursday.

Union leaders seek new five-year contracts

According to the article by the Associated Press, the hospitality workers say they are willing to strike for as long as it takes to get fair contracts.

Negotiating has been ongoing since April and revolves around pay, benefits, job security and working conditions. The settlements the unions request are additional security staff, easements to housekeeper quotas and higher wages.

However, dialogues have augmented in recent months in Las Vegas after thousands of members of the Bartenders and Culinary unions voted to authorize a strike in September.

Photo by Jae C. Hong, File / AP Photo; illustrated by PlayUSA
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Katarina Vojvodic is a lead writer for PlayUSA who lives in Toronto. Vojvodic provides coverage of the US gambling industry with a focus on US online casinos. Previously, she covered Ontario’s online gambling industry for PlayCanada.com. Vojvodic holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Belgrade. Outside working hours, she can be found near the water with her husband and their two kids.

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