35,000 workers prepare to strike days before the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Las Vegas this weekend.

35,000 workers prepare to strike days before the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Las Vegas this weekend.

Tens of thousands of Las Vegas hospitality workers could go off the job this week if the Culinary and Bartenders Union cannot strike a deal with casino, hotel and restaurant employers for a new five-year contract before Friday morning. Culinary Workers Local 226, one of the largest and most powerful unions in the United States, says the strike, if it occurs, would be the largest hospitality strike in the country’s history.

A spokesman for the culinary union says 35,000 of its members are prepared to strike at 5 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, if MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment and Wynn Resorts, the state’s three largest gaming employers, fail to strike a deal before then. . The labor group represents 60,000 workers across Nevada, and as of Sept. 15, nearly 40,000 workers are working under an expiring contract. The union said in a statement that it has been negotiating with employers for seven months, but believes that its workers deserve more than what companies are offering.

The strike will hit Las Vegas at an already chaotic time. Picket lines have been planned at 45 locations along the Las Vegas Strip, an area currently being transformed into a massive race track ahead of the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix, which kicks off on November 15.

A racing car in front of the Bellagio fountains.

Winner’s Stage of the Las Vegas Grand Prix at the Bellagio Fountain Club.
Las Vegas Grand Prix.

The move toward a strike is aimed at pressuring casinos to agree to new five-year contracts that include provisions such as expanded safety and health care measures and the largest wage increase ever negotiated in the union’s history. If the strike goes into effect, it would mean that tens of thousands of bartenders, cooks, cocktail and caterers, guest room attendants, porters, bellboys, laundry workers, and kitchen workers across the state would be out of work — leading up to and possibly during the strike. . Formula 1 race. The Culinary Union is asking the race’s expected 120,000 participants not to cross picket or strike lines and to refrain from patronizing foods where there is a labor dispute.

Members of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 picket on La Vegas Boulevard.

Members of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 picket on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Culinary Workers Union Local 226

The union is currently making preparations to continue the strike 24/7 at the 18 casinos, gathering protest materials such as signs and beacons, logistical supplies such as portable showers and sunscreen, and preparing striking workers to sign up for strike pay as well as work shifts. Picket line. This latest wave of labor actions comes on the heels of a strike by hospitality workers working at MGM Grand Detroit in October.

On October 25, union members demonstrated on Las Vegas Boulevard and were arrested following a planned civil disobedience demonstration. Two weeks earlier, thousands of industry workers staged a sit-in in front of eight casinos.

Members of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 picket on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Members of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 picket on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Culinary Workers Union Local 226

Chefs and bartenders unions are negotiating a new five-year contract with the following casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip:

  • MGM International Resorts: Aria Resort & Casino, Bellagio Hotel & Casino, Excalibur Hotel & Casino, Luxor Hotel, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, MGM Grand, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, and Park MGM Las Vegas.
  • Caesars Entertainment Corporation: Caesars Forum, Caesars Palace, Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Horseshoe Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino, Cromwell Las Vegas, and LINQ Hotel + Experience.
  • Wynn Las Vegas Resort & Encore

The culinary and bartending unions are also negotiating a new five-year contract with the following casino resorts that are still subject to a contract extension:

  • Las Vegas Strip: Circus Circus Hotel & Casino, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, Hilton Grand Vacations, The Mirage, Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino, Sahara Las Vegas, The Strat, Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, Tropicana Las Vegas, Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, Virgin Hotels, Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, and WestJet Las Vegas Resort & Casino.
  • Downtown Las Vegas: Binion’s Gambling Hall, Circa Resort & Casino, Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, El Cortez Hotel & Casino, Four Queens Hotel & Casino, Fremont Hotel & Casino, Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Main Street Station Casino Hotel Brewery, The D Casino & Hotel, and Plaza Hotel & Casino.

MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Wynn Encore Resorts and Formula One did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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