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Culinary, Bartenders unions agree to deal with Golden Nugget

The Culinary and Bartenders unions reached a five-year contract agreement with the Golden Nugget on Wednesday, the first settlement after more than a year-and-a-half of negotiations with several downtown casinos.

As recently as Saturday, two weeks after union members voted to authorize a strike, workers formed an informational picket against 10 Fremont Street casinos that included the Golden Nugget. The unions represent more than 1,200 Golden Nugget employees.

Downtown casinos with still unsettled contracts: Fremont, Main Street Station, Four Queens, Binion’s, the Plaza, Las Vegas Club, The D, El Cortez and Golden Gate. The union also represents workers with unsettled contracts at Brady Linen Services, the largest laundry company in Las Vegas.

At the heart of the deal are workers health benefits, for which they pay no premium.

“As a single father, having a union contract ensures that I can take care of my son, and that means so much to me,” Burkey Rothenberger, a master cook at the Golden Nugget, said in a statement released by Culinary Local 226. “I will do whatever it takes to provide for my family.”

Earlier this year, the unions agreed to contracts with MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, and other Strip properties.

Whether a downtown strike could still occur remains in question. Thousands more workers whose contracts have yet to be renewed have signed up for strike benefits and strike picket shifts.

“I am pleased that we have reached an agreement with the Golden Nugget,” Geoconda Arguello-Kline, secretary-treasurer of the Culinary Union, said int the statement. “This contract is a fair settlement which will continue to protect the health benefits, wages, and future of union families.”

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