Caesars workers in Las Vegas approve new contract deal
June 15, 2018 9:15 AM
by Robert Mann
Housekeepers, bartenders and other unionized workers at Las Vegas casino-resorts operated by Caesars Entertainment have now officially endorsed a new five-year contract.
Members of the Culinary Union voted in two sessions to ratify the agreement that addresses sexual harassment in the workplace, job security, wage increases and immigration status. The approved contract protects 12,000 workers on the Las Vegas Strip and one off-Strip venue (Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino).
The union did not offer specifics, but its believed that the Caesars agreement and a previous accord with MGM Resorts both include wage increases and language that shields the workers' rights in the event that a property is sold.
The average worker on the Las Vegas Strip currently makes about $23 an hour, including benefits such as premium-free health care, a pension and a 401(k) retirement savings plan, according to the Associated Press.
The union is now negotiating contracts with smaller companies that operate 15 properties on the Las Vegas Strip and in downtown Las Vegas, including the Tropicana, Treasure Island and The D, the Associated Press reports.