July 25, 2007

After four months of negotiations, the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 in Las Vegas has temporarily cut off talks with MGM Mirage. The union successfully reached an agreement for a new contract with Harrah's Entertainment in June and now will negotiate with other individual properties downtown and on the Strip that employ its members. Chris Bohner, a spokesperson for the union, said no further negotiations are scheduled with MGM Mirage at this time. Of most concern to the union is the fact that MGM Mirage won't promise that its future new-build properties in Las Vegas will be unionized. A spokesperson for MGM Mirage did not return a message seeking comment.