Culinary courts embarrassment with Red Rock rally

They can’t say they weren’t warned.

Four local members of the clergy met with Culinary Union officials last Saturday to attempt to talk them into postponing Thursday’s rally outside the Red Rock casino resort on the same evening "The Night of the Gael" fundraiser was held to benefit Bishop Gorman High School.

The rally and fundraiser issue is the subject of today’s column in the Review-Journal.

Longtime Las Vegas Rabbi Mel Hecht, a staunch supporter of worker rights, the Culinary local and organized labor in general, said he was chagrined by the timing of the rally and made his opinions known. Culinary anticipates bringing up to 2,000 workers to the Red Rock.

The union is locked in a protracted battle against the Fertitta family’s nonunion Station Casinos properties. The Fertittas are generous contributors to Bishop Gorman, the local Catholic high school that has produced many of the valley’s leading business owners and legal professionals.

The Culinary represents some 60,000 local service workers, many of whom are employed at Strip casino resort properties. Sources close to the Gorman fundraiser say union officials also have received calls from Strip resort executives. Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office was also contacted, an informed source reports.