Theannounced on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, that 99% of the vote favored the new five-year deal.
“BEST CONTRACT EVER! Congratulations to 10,000 hospitality workers!,” the post said.
The union is expected to also approve its proposed contracts withand , the Strip’s largest employer, later this week.
The breakthrough deals were tentatively reached earlier this month, just hours before the union had threatened a massive walkout at 18 hotel-casinos on the Strip, including Bellagio,
In a statement,
“Nothing was promised or guaranteed, and thousands of workers who participated in rallies, protests, civil disobedience, picketing, surveys, picket sign making, strike vote, and delegations inside the properties sacrificed to win a better future for themselves and our families," said Pappageorge, himself a former union hospitality worker who went on strike in 1991 with 500 other employees at the now-shuttered
It became one of the longest strikes in
Now, Pappageorge said the union has won a 32% pay increase for its members over five years, with workers receiving a 10% bump in pay during the first year of their new contract. He said that totals about
The contracts cover more than 35,000 employees at properties along the Strip that are owned or operated by Caesars,
By the end of the contract, Pappageorge said, union workers will be earning on average
Pappageorge thanked the casino companies in his statement “for doing the right thing and investing in the frontline workers who make the entire industry run successfully.”
In separate statements released when the deals were reached, the companies said the contracts recognize the union workers for their contributions to the companies’ success, with historic pay raises and opportunities for growth tied to plans to bring more union jobs to the Strip.
A strike by employees of all three companies would have been historic, both for its size and timing.
The union — the largest in
Experts said the impacts of tens of thousands of workers walking off the job would have been immediate: Reduced room cleanings. Dirty, unpolished floors. Neglected landscaping. Slow service at restaurants and bars. Long waits at valet. Limited room availability.
The Culinary Union’s threat to strike added to a big year for labor unions, including
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