The Culinary Union Local 226 won a temporary restraining order motion in Nevada federal court today to prevent Mission Industries from selling its plant in Carson City.
The plant was scheduled to be sold today.
The union filed the lawsuit in Las Vegas on Wednesday asking to block the sale until the terms of a collective bargaining agreement can be enforced with the new owners.
Judge James Mahan is scheduled to hear the union’s application for preliminary injunction Aug. 10 at 9 a.m. Mission Industries had planned to sell the Carson City facility to Salt Lake City-based linen service company, Alsco Inc.
On July 24, Alsco General Manager Wayne Moore called the Culinary union to say that the would not agree to the terms of the agreement signed between the Culinary and Mission Industries, the lawsuit said.
The union is seeking "injunctive relief prohibiting Mission from closing the sale until it arbitrates this dispute and complies with the resulting arbitration award."
According to the lawsuit, the union’s collective bargaining agreement prevents the laundry company from selling any part of its operations without a written agreement from the buyer to honor the union’s contract, according to the union’s lawsuit. Mission Industries and the union reached contract agreement in November 2007 to cover the company’s plant workers until June 30, 2011.
Mission Industries owns four running plants in Clark County, one in Carson City and one in Lake Havasu, Ariz., to service hotels, including nearly 50 in Clark County, providing sheets, pillow covers and towels, tablecloths and napkins at restaurants and dry cleaning services for uniforms.