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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

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tentative contract deals were reached Tuesday between two Las Vegas casinos and members of culinary and bartender unions, but a Sunday strike deadline still loomed for seven other downtown properties.

The pact reached with Boyd Gaming executives calls for five-year contracts for workers at the Fremont Hotel & Casino and Main Street Station. Specifics of the agreement were not immediately available.

Talks were continuing with most of the seven other casinos where contracts expired June 1, 2013.

About 2,000 union members work at the nine businesses.

Union officials say restaurant workers, hotel housekeepers, cocktail servers, bartenders and other union members plan to walk off the job at 5 a.m. Sunday if contracts aren't reached with The D, Four Queens, Binion's, Plaza, Las Vegas Club, El Cortez and Golden Gate properties.

A date for a ratification vote by workers at Fremont Hotel & Casino and Main Street Station has not been set, but they will stay on the job next week as a result of the preliminary deal, officials said.

"We are pleased to have a tentative agreement," said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, secretary-treasurer of the culinary union. "Boyd has shown that they respect their employees and are invested in their workforce."

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