Wynn dealers approve 10-year contract

Wynn Las Vegas dealers have overwhelmingly approved the resort’s first-ever labor contract, according to a union official.

The dealers approved the 10-year contract by a 258-65 vote last week, more than three years after voting for union representation.

“It’s unfortunate that it took so long,” said Joseph Carbon, gaming division director with Transport Workers Union Local 721. “It’s not everything we wanted, but we can live with it and build upon what we have accomplished.”

In a phone interview Tuesday, Carbon said he expects to meet with Wynn officials within the next couple of weeks to sign the contract. The contract covers dealers at the Wynn Las Vegas but not the Encore.

“The overwhelming support shown for the contract was a vote of confidence for the union, and sent a clear message to the company about the deal,” he said.

About 60 percent of Wynn’s more than 500 full-time dealers cast ballots. Among the issues dealt with in the contract were vacation, sick leave and providing dealers with some protection against at-will terminations.

Carbon said the contract establishes an arbitration process for dealers who have been written up for an infraction by their supervisors.

Wynn Las Vegas officials were unavailable for comment Tuesday.

But the contract keeps in place the Wynn’s tip-sharing policy. That policy, which reduced dealers’ tips at gaming tables by splitting a percentage of them with their immediate supervisors, led to the unionization efforts.

“You don’t walk into negotiations with a company and get everything you want with your first contract,” Carbon said. “We are building a relationship with the company. As (issues) come up in the future, we’ll approach Wynn in an effort to find a solution.”

Contact reporter Chris Sieroty at csieroty@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893.

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