A strike by hospitality workers in Las Vegas prepares to derail a Formula 1 race

A strike by hospitality workers in Las Vegas prepares to derail a Formula 1 race

Tens of thousands of Las Vegas hospitality workers are set to go on strike on Friday, which could derail a Formula 1 grand prix scheduled for later this month.

The Culinary and Sommeliers Union said 35,000 of its members in 18 hotels would strike if an agreement was not reached with the casinos, hotels and restaurants that employ them.

A union spokesman said workers currently have health insurance and earn about $26 an hour, but declined to specify the amount by which the union is seeking a wage increase. Associated Press mentioned.

The union said it was demanding “the largest wage increases ever negotiated” in its history.

Hotel workers are also demanding better job security amid technological advances, as well as stronger security protections, including more security buttons.

The union said the contracts of about 40,000 of its 60,000 members have expired, and some are still working on expired contracts as negotiations continue.

A strike by Nevada’s largest labor union will be the first time hospitality workers have gone on strike in Las Vegas in decades, and could be the largest hospitality worker strike ever in U.S. history.

It comes as the city is being transformed into a giant racetrack ahead of the Formula 1 Grand Prix, scheduled to start on November 16.

The event is expected to bring thousands of tourists to the city, but could be derailed after the Culinary Union asked race attendees not to cross any picket lines and to refrain from visiting hotels and casinos where there is a labor dispute.

The union said it had been negotiating with MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment and Wynn Resorts for the past seven months, but they were unable to agree on a deal that would result in the strike being called off.

Members of the Culinary Workers Union gather along the Strip

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“Their current proposal on the table is historic, but it is not enough and workers deserve to receive record contracts — especially after these giant corporations enjoy their record profits,” Ted Papagioorg, treasurer of the Culinary Union, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, said Michael Weaver, chief communications and marketing officer at Wynn Resorts NPR The company “will keep our comments about the negotiations at the negotiating table.”

The Independent I have reached out to MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment for comment.

Formula 1 announced last year that it would hold a race in Las Vegas in addition to its races in Miami and Austin as the sport continues to grow in popularity across the United States.

The last time races were held in Las Vegas was in 1981 and 1982, and this was the first time in four decades that a Formula 1 Grand Prix was held in the city.

This year’s route will also be the first to include the famous city sector, with the circuit passing landmarks such as Caesars Palace, Bellagio and the Venetian.

While some supported the potential boost to the local economy that the race would bring, adding a Grand Prix to the city was a point of contention after Formula 1 added visual barriers to footpaths for safety reasons.

The barricades were torn down by upset residents who complained about traffic jams associated with construction and logging in Bellagio.

There have been several labor strikes across the United States in recent months, including UPS workers, Detroit auto workers and actors in Hollywood.

Last month, a group of hotel workers from the Culinary and Bartenders Union were arrested after they stopped rush-hour traffic on the Las Vegas Strip during a protest over working conditions.

Casino workers in Michigan, including MGM Grand Detroit employees, also went on strike last month.

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