Downtown union workers continue rumblings of strike

Thousands of Culinary and Bartenders union workers are continuing their threats of a possible strike at downtown Las Vegas casinos.

The unions authorized the strike and signed up for strike benefits two months ago, then formed an informational picket on Fremont Street last month, before reaching an agreement with Golden Nugget.

But negotiations with nine other casinos are still ongoing. Those properties: The D, Four Queens, Fremont, Main Street Station, El Cortez, Binion’s, Golden Gate, The Plaza, and Las Vegas Club.

The negotiations have been ongoing for nearly a year since contracts with the downtown casinos expired, but no date has been set for a strike, said Local Culinary 226 spokeswoman Bethany Khan.

“Every day we’ve been doing more and more preparation,” Khan said.

In a statement issued Monday, the union advised tourists and meeting planners of the labor disputes and the “risk of a strike.”

“The union can now call for a strike at any time against these properties until they have new contracts,” the statement read.

Labor experts say the threat of a strike is a strong bargaining tactic for the largest organized group of workers in Las Vegas.

Union workers at Strip properties settled contract agreements earlier this year.

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