Wynn Resorts Finalizes Contract with Las Vegas Hospitality Workers, Averting Strike
In an 11th-hour agreement, Wynn Resorts became the last casino company to reach a deal with Las Vegas hospitality workers this week. The tentative contract was reached just three hours before union members were set to strike, effectively averting a potentially damaging situation.
The new contract, which covers over 5,000 workers at two Las Vegas Wynn Resorts properties, the Wynn and Encore, is set to last for five years. Details of the contract were not immediately available, but reports indicate that it includes the largest wage increases ever negotiated.
In addition to significant raises, the contract also includes workload reductions for guest room attendants, mandated daily room cleaning, increased safety protections for workers, and extended recall rights. Furthermore, it provides the right for unionized workers to support non-union restaurant workers seeking to unionize by respecting their picket lines.
Ted Pappageorge, the Culinary Union secretary-treasurer, praised the agreement as the “best contract and economic package” in the union’s 88-year history. He highlighted that the contract not only secured significant raises, but also preserved union health insurance, pension, and comprehensive benefits while ensuring historic improvements in workload reductions and safety protections.
Both sides expressed unity and mutual appreciation for the agreement in a joint statement. Wynn Resorts and the Culinary Union acknowledged each other’s efforts and commitment to reaching an agreement that benefits the workers.
The ratification of the new contract will require the approval of the hospitality workers at Wynn Resorts. Similar agreements were also reached earlier in the week with Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International.
The news of the agreement comes after 35,000 Las Vegas hospitality workers had been working without a contract since September, with the majority of them previously authorizing a strike. The potential strike had the potential to disrupt the upcoming Las Vegas Grand Prix, which is expected to bring in more than 100,000 visitors to the city.
While the situation in Las Vegas has been resolved, across the country in Detroit, 3,700 workers have been on strike since October 17 at three gaming properties, including Hollywood Casino at Greektown, MGM Grand Detroit, and MotorCity Casino Hotel.