This is what union solidarity looks like! Community activists, union members, and members of the local faith community gathered in the streets of Las Vegas to protest the illegal anti-union tactics by Station Casinos.
Station Casinos is the worst labor law violator in the history of the Nevada gaming industry. Station Casinos was found to have broken labor law and violated its employees’ rights 88 times by two administrative law judges of the National Labor Relations Board.
Queen Ruiz, a guest room attendant at Red Rock Resort and Casino wants “Station Casinos to stop treating us like we are second-class citizen(s). We are not second-class workers. We want them to respect us.”
A majority of Station workers — in classifications represented by the Culinary and Bartenders Unions — have signed a petition calling for a fair process to decide whether to unionize free from management interference, intimidation, bullying, and litigation.
Station Casinos is the fourth largest private-sector employer in Las Vegas. It has nine large hotel-casinos located throughout Las Vegas. There is a major labor dispute at: Red Rock Resort, Green Valley Ranch, Boulder Station, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station, Palace Station, Texas Station, Fiesta Rancho, and Fiesta Henderson.
The Culinary Union has created an online resource about the on-going labor dispute at these Station properties: www.VegasTravelAlert.org/Stations. The public and event and conference planners are urged to contact the union to discuss labor-peaceful alternatives to utilizing these properties.
It does not matter is you clean rooms, collect trash, deal cards, or serve food, everyone deserves respect from their employer. Station Casinos should stop their illegal interference in UNITE HERE’s organizing efforts and let the workers decide if they want to join the union.
Culinary Workers Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, represent over 55,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, including at most casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. The Culinary is one of the fastest growing private sector local unions in the U.S. and has just concluded negotiations for 44,000 workers on the Las Vegas Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. UNITE HERE represents 270,000 workers in gaming, hotel, and food service industries in North America.