by Michael J. Shapiro | June 04, 2018
The Las Vegas Culinary Workers Union Local 226 reached a tentative agreement with MGM Resorts International yesterday, another key step toward avoiding a massive strike. The five-year contract covers approximately 24,000 workers at 10 casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. More details about the agreement will be released shortly.

The union's tentative agreement with Caesars Entertainment, which was reached on Friday, includes groundbreaking language on worker security regarding sexual harassment, workload, technology and immigration, according to a union statement. Details are still being withheld because many of the workers don't have the full proposal yet; a ratification vote will be scheduled very soon.

The new Caesars contract covers Bally's, Caesars Palace (including Nobu), The Cromwell, Flamingo, Harrah's, The Linq, Paris, Planet Hollywood and Rio.

"This innovative contract sets clear goals regarding technology and automation for worker retention, job training, advance notice of implementation and severance packages," said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer for the Culinary Union. "The Culinary Union has fought hard to protect workers over our 83 years, and this new agreement is the best contract with the highest wage increases that workers have ever had."

Properties that will be included under the newly announced MGM contract include Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay (including Delano), The Mirage, New York-New York and Park MGM.

MGM and Caesars own the bulk of the properties on the Las Vegas Strip, but negotiations continue for the remaining resorts. Among the Strip properties still without contracts are Four Seasons, SLS Las Vegas (including W Hotel), Stratosphere, Treasure Island, Tropicana and Westgate. Downtown resorts without contracts in place include Binion's Gambling Hall, The D, Downtown Grand, El Cortez, Four Queens, Fremont Hotel & Casino, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, Main Street Station and the Plaza.