LAS VEGAS -- The operators of 18 casinos here reached tentative
agreements with Culinary Union Local 226, averting a threatened
June 1 strike.
Meanwhile, the union offered 30-day, one-time extensions to 17
casinos that had not reached agreements, postponing the potential
strike date for those properties, as well, according to Glen
Arnodo, the union's political director.
Contracts with the 35 casinos were due to expire May 31.
At press time, nine of the 17 smaller properties had accepted
the contract extension, Arnodo said. The union was awaiting word
from the eight others, including the Sahara, the Riviera, and the
Under the tentative agreements with the major Strip hotels,
union employees -- who include housekeepers and food-service
workers -- will receive a $3.24 hourly increase in wages and
health-plan contributions over five years.
However, Gregory Kamer, an attorney who represents seven of the
properties that haven't reached settlements, said the agreement
made with the major hotels is too expensive for the smaller
Arnodo said there could be "slight differences in wage rates"
between smaller, downtown casinos and major Strip casinos if and
when deals are reached, but added, "There won't be any inferior
health plan" for downtown workers.