by Michael J. Shapiro | June 03, 2013

The Culinary Workers Union Local 226, the majority of whose 55,000 members work in casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, has launched a new website,, featuring labor-relations updates. The new site will alert planners and attendees whether labor disputes, or the potential for them, could affect upcoming events. Contracts covering 44,000 hospitality workers officially expired June 1 at a number of Strip properties, including Caesars Entertainment’s Bally’s, Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood. Contract extensions were signed last week at MGM’s Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, Monte Carlo and New York-New York. Contract extensions also were signed at Four Queens and Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas. The June 1 expiration also could affect the Riviera, Treasure Island and Tropicana hotels, all on the Strip, and the downtown properties Binion’s El Cortez, Fremont, Las Vegas Plaza, Main Street Station and the Las Vegas Club. According to the union, which is an affiliate of Unite Here, labor disputes are possible at any property with an expired labor contract.