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Culinary union reaches tentative deals with casino hotels as Las Vegas kicks off Super Bowl week

LAS VEGAS– A union representing hotel workers said it reached a tentative agreement with six other downtown Las Vegas hotel-casinos and canceled the strike deadline for another.

The agreements averted a threatened walkout Monday morning at several properties near the Strip and downtown as the city kicks off Super Bowl week.

The Culinary Workers Union announced Saturday that it has reached a tentative five-year contract with Golden Nugget, Binion’s, Four Queens, Fremont and Main Street, covering approximately 1,000 workers.

The union reached a tentative agreement Sunday with Downtown Grand, which represents about 200 workers.

The cooks’ union and an associated bartenders union have more time to reach an agreement with Virgin Las Vegas, an off-Strip resort.

The three largest employers on the Las Vegas Strip – MGM Resorts International, Caesar Entertainment and Wynn Resorts – reached agreements late last year with a union covering 40,000 members, narrowly avoiding a historic strike.

The union then focused on securing the same contract terms for workers at other Las Vegas hotel-casinos.

Since early January, the union had settled negotiations with most of these establishments, including Circus Circus, Sahara Las Vegas, Strat, Circa Resort and El Cortez.

But after hitting a roadblock in negotiations with some of the remaining casinos, the union announced last week it would go on strike if tentative contracts were not reached by 5 a.m. Monday for casino workers from the city center in establishments which had not concluded an agreement.

The 58th NFL championship game is expected to draw some 330,000 people to Las Vegas this week, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

The Culinary Union is the largest in Nevada, with approximately 60,000 members statewide. It negotiates five-year contracts on behalf of its members.

ABC News

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