LAS VEGAS CULINARY WORKERS
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Workers from Stations Casinos began a fast on April 18th, 2012 to demand a fair process to decide whether or not to join a union.
These workers were joined and supported by many community members including some Las Vegas clergy.
Station Casinos operates 18 casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada, including 10 large hotel-casinos, and it is the third-largest private employer in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. CLUE in partnership with the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165 have played a central role in supporting thousands of workers in their fight for a fair process and dignity in the workplace.
Early on in the process, 33 religious leaders addressed a letter to the owners of Station Casinos expressing their deep concern for workers after an NLRB Administrative Law Judge found the company to have broken federal labor law eighty-seven (87) times-- making them the worst accused labor law-breaker in the history of Nevada gaming. More recently, clergy accompanied workers as they delivered a fair process petition with a majority of workers’ signatures in Culinary and Bartenders union classifications to the doors of the company’s flag ship casino. The company, to date, has refused the workers’ demand. For this reason, on April 18, 2012, 12 station workers and five union members began a seven-day fast outside one of the ten casinos. Clergy came to the fast line at the casino to lead morning and evening prayers, bible studies, and a Sunday church service in the streets. At the breaking of the fast, clergy gave bread and juice to the fasters and then wheeled them on a delegation to the casino’s entrance where they met a company executive. The company has still not agreed to respect the workers’ request for a fair process for deciding whether to have union representation.
New Deal at Graton Casino - Bohemian - July 30, 2014
Culinary Workers Union: Workers Continue to Organize Station Casinos after National Labor Relations Board Rules against Company; Labor Dispute Escalates in Las Vegas - Business Wire - December 3, 2012
Nevada casino workers launch hunger strike after employer refuses to improve conditions - Raw Story - April 20, 2012
- Culinary vs. Station - Face to Face with Jon Ralston - January 19, 2012