Teamsters Local 986 organized the protest, which the union claims is supported by other labor organizations.
“The picket signs went up at 4 a.m. and we will stay here until the SLS management stops breaking the law and respects the workers’ right to form a union,” said Chris Griswold, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 986. “Other unions are honoring our picket lines and the workers have strong community support.”
The union claims SLS management committed unfair labor practices and fired three workers for supporting the organizing campaign.
In a statement, SLS Las Vegas officials didn’t officially address the charges leveled by the Teamsters. More than half of the 1,600-room resort’s work force are union members.
“SLS Las Vegas has a strong history of working collaboratively and openly with every union our employees elect to represent them,” according to the statement from the hotel-casino. “Should more follow suit, we intend to work with any union they elect in the spirit of finding a fair agreement.”
SLS Las Vegas opened last year on the north end of the Strip as a redevelopment of the Sahara, which closed in 2011.
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