by Michael J. Shapiro | June 01, 2018
The Culinary Workers Union Local 226, representing tens of thousands of Las Vegas hospitality employees, reached a tentative deal with Caesars Entertainment in the early morning hours to avoid a strike. Contracts expired at midnight last night for those employed at Caesars properties on the Strip and 25 other properties in Las Vegas. As of press time, no agreements have been reached with the other properties, including all MGM Resorts properties in the city.
The Caesars agreement is a five-year deal that covers about 12,000 workers at nine casino resorts. The union will release more details about the agreement later today. Included in the new agreement are Bally's, Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, Flamingo, Harrah's, The Linq, Nobu, Paris and Planet Hollywood.
Employees at the remaining 25 resorts - about 38,000 of them - are now working without settled union contracts. On May 22, some 99 percent of voting workers authorized a strike, and preparations for that strike currently are underway. Union members are set to organize a strike headquarters at 10 a.m. Pacific time today in the lot adjacent to the Culinary Union, on South Commerce Street, where they will begin making picket signs. 
Unite Here Gaming Research, the research arm of the hospitality workers' union, has projected that a one-month strike in Las Vegas would cost MGM Resorts and Caesars in excess of a combined $300 million in operating profits.