September 12, 2007

The Nevada-based Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 reached a tentative agreement Monday with the Sahara Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, representing about 700 Sahara employees. On Saturday, a tentative agreement also was reached concerning the 1,200 workers at the city's Stratosphere Hotel & Casino. Union members from both properties will vote to ratify the agreements on Sept. 15. Meanwhile, 10,000 Las Vegas casino and laundry workers still without contracts are holding a strike authorization vote today, which would allow the unions' negotiating committee to call for economic action, up to a strike, if new contract settlements aren't reached. Those members work at properties in downtown Las Vegas and on the Strip.