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Strike planned June 1 at 9 downtown Vegas casinos

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm •  Published: May 21, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hotel workers and bartenders plan to strike at nine downtown Las Vegas casinos next month if contracts aren't reached, labor leaders announced Wednesday.

Officials with the Culinary and Bartenders unions said employees are prepared to walk off the job at 5 a.m. June 1 at The D, Four Queens, Fremont, Main Street Station, El Cortez, Binion's, Golden Gate, The Plaza, and Las Vegas Club.

"For nearly 80 years, our unions have made casino jobs good jobs in Las Vegas," Geoconda Arguello-Kline, leader of the Culinary Union, said in a statement. "Our members downtown deserve to earn a decent living by working hard under a fair contract. They should not be left behind as hundreds of millions of new investments pour in for downtown revitalization."

There are about 2,000 union employees at the nine casinos, according to union spokeswoman Bethany Khan. She said a majority of the workers at each business are members of the unions, which cover all aspects of the casinos including food and beverage, housekeeping, cocktails, and bell desks.

Contracts at the casinos expired June 1, 2013, and union members voted in March to authorize a strike whenever leaders called one.

The Golden Nugget casino downtown reached a five-year agreement with the unions last month, and negotiations with El Cortez, Fremont and Main Street casinos are scheduled in advance of the planned strike, Khan said.

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