Updated May 12, 2023 - 3:00 pm
The Oakland Athletics and the Culinary Union 226 have struck a deal for their workers who may be employed at a potential Las Vegas MLB stadium to have the right to union contracts.
The Culinary union noted last month that it and the A’s had been negotiating a potential deal for a year. The A’s this week switched their Las Vegas ballpark from the Red Rock Resorts owned Wild Wild Wild west site to the Tropicana hotel on the Strip.
“We hope there will be a path forward for all stakeholders so the Las Vegas A’s can join the Las Vegas Golden Knights and the Las Vegas Raiders to continue this transformation as Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world, also becomes the sporting capital of the world,” said Culinary union Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge.
The Culinary Union is the largest in Nevada representing 60,000 hospitality workers in Las Vegas and Reno. The union backs employees at resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, downtown Las Vegas, Allegiant Stadium, T-Mobile Arena and the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The agreement with the Culinary Union was vital as the A’s are in the process of drafting legislation seeking $395 million in public funding for their planned $1.5 billion, 30,00o-seat stadium. The public assistance would be paid for mainly by a special tax district being set up around the stadium site.
The A’s last month signed a deal with the Southern Nevada Trades union that will ensure the use of local workers and contractors to build a potential Southern Nevada ballpark.