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2 Vegas casinos reach tentative union contracts

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 27, 2014 at 2:45 pm •  Published: May 27, 2014

If a strike occurs, it would be the first since 2002, when workers picketed the Golden Gate casino for nine days. The union's most famous strike started in 1991 at the Frontier casino and lasted six years, four months and 10 days.

Union officials have been spreading the word to event planners and potential guests at the downtown casinos that their visits could be disrupted by picketing.

The culinary and bartenders unions negotiate together and have a combined 55,000 members.

Big-name casino operators on the Las Vegas Strip, including MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp., previously reached new five-year contracts with the unions.

The agreements kept employees' health care costs from increasing, included provisions for more flexible scheduling and aimed to bring back workers laid off from shuttered eateries during the recession.