Workers at MGM & Caesars casinos to picket in pay dispute

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Casino workers at eight MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas will set up informational picket lines as part of a dispute over pay and working conditions.

The Culinary Workers Union has notified stakeholders that it will begin picketing the eight properties to ramp up pressure on the casino operators in negotiations over a new contract.

Union representatives have stated that adequate progress had not been made to end the dispute as workers demand the operators further negotiate in the five-year contract discussions.

The CWU represents over 60,000 workers, 53,000 of which are in Las Vegas, and is threatening strike action if the employers do not meet their demands in negotiations. 

Members had voted 95% in favor of taking strike action, but no date has been called as union bosses aim to resolve the dispute amicably. 

Yet members will picket eight properties on the strip in a move to “ramp up the pressure” on the casinos to give into workers’ demands. 

The “informational picket lines” will be active from 10am to 5pm Thursday and people will picket Park MGM, Paris Las Vegas, The Linq Hotel, Harrah’s, Flamingo, Horseshoe Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort and New York-New York.

The Culinary and Bartenders Union has also stated that “contracts covering 43,000 MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, and Wynn Resorts workers are expired” and with the picket line, there is now “an active labour dispute with 18 casino properties across the Las Vegas Strip”.