It is possible that tens of thousands of Las Vegas Strip hotel workers at 18 casinos could go on strike this month. A union representing the workers voted to authorize a strike if a contract agreement isn’t reached by June 1, the contract expiration date.
The Culinary Union, which represents some 25,000 hotel, casino, and kitchen workers in Las Vegas, has been in negotiations with the city’s casinos for better wages and working conditions since mid-April. After fourteen failed negotiating sessions, the union voted in early May to strike if an agreement isn’t reached by June 1.
If a strike does take place, it would be the first one to affect the Las Vegas Strip in 34 years. The union has said that the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, such as layoffs and job losses, are the driving force behind the demand for better working conditions and fair wages. 28 major hotels, including the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, and the Venetian, will be affected by the potential strike.