Culinary Union inching closer to deals with MGM, Wynn Resorts as strike deadline looms


The Las Vegas Culinary Union reached a "tentative agreement" with Caesars Entertainment, but a strike isnt completely off the table.

Thats because an agreement hasnt been reached with MGM and Wynn Resorts. The Culinary Union has set a strike deadline for Friday, Nov. 10.

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Negotiations with MGM Resorts were underway Wednesday and continue with Wynn Resorts on Thursday.

Ted Pappageorge, the secretary-treasurer for the Culinary Union, said he feels "cautiously optimistic" after reaching a tentative deal with Caesars.

MGM has the opportunity to do the right thing, said Pappageorge during a virtual press conference. We have a lot of work to do. All of the same issues that were facing us yesterday with the Caesars Entertainment negotiation committee are on the table here with MGM Resorts.

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Pappageorge said the deal with Caesars addresses job security and better benefits along with better pay and working conditions. He hopes those conditions are met with the other resort companies.

Tourists visiting Las Vegas said it could devastate the Strips service industry if workers decide to strike.

Rooms wont be clean, and there will be less staff, said Kim Shafer, visiting from Seattle, Washington. Its certainly going to affect us.

Nathan Mantik, Cameron Chaloupka and Nick Reid were visiting from Canada and said they would have canceled their trip to Las Vegas if a strike was happening simultaneously.

It would never be the same experience, Mantik said. We come here to have a good time and do whatever, and if working people arent happy with their wages, it wont be fun for anybody.

During an earnings call on Wednesday, MGM Resorts CEO Bill Hornbuckle told shareholders he is confident a deal would be reached before Friday.

The chief communications officer for Wynn Resorts, Michael Weaver, also sent Channel 13 this statement:

We have had productive bargaining sessions with the Union, with our next session scheduled for tomorrow. We are working to reach an agreement soon.

The Culinary Union has been negotiating since April, and members voted overwhelmingly in September to authorize a strike.


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