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AFL-CIO Blogs that Working People Rally Against Trump's Anti-Union Tactics in Las Vegas

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by AFL-CIO on
Sep 01, 2016

Hundreds of workers protested and rallied in front of Trump International Hotel Las Vegas. Culinary Workers Union members and Trump Hotel Las Vegas workers were joined by our Ironworkers brothers and sisters from across the country that were in town for their national convention. Trump Hotel Las Vegas workers voted to unionize and want their boss, Donald Trump, to negotiate a contract so they can have fair wages, job security and good health benefits.

Trump’s workers are treated like second class and are paid $3.00 less per hour than other union workers on the Las Vegas Strip—NOT FAIR! It’s time for Donald Trump to negotiate with his employees. He says he wants to "Make America Great Again," so he should start with his own hotel here in Las Vegas and treat his workers with respect. Bethany Khan, director of communications for Culinary Workers Local 226, said:

The federal government dismissed the hotel’s last appeal, so we’re a certified union hotel and it’s time to negotiate a contract. The federal government certified unionization, and every attempt they’ve made to block or object to it has been totally overruled.

You can tell Trump to negotiate with working people by directly tweeting at him.

Trump Hotel Las Vegas workers voted in an NLRB election on December 4 and 5, 2015 at their hotel. Over 500 employees of the hotel are in the union’s bargaining unit and were eligible to vote. This victory for workers at the luxury non-gaming hotel co-owned by Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and casino owner Phillip Ruffin came nine months after workers at the Trump International Hotel Toronto voted to join UNITE HERE, and one week after the Trump Toronto workers ratified their first contract.

Donald Trump’s company has driven an aggressive anti-union campaign since workers began organizing at his property in 2014. The NLRB’s General Counsel has issued four separate unfair labor practice complaints against Trump Hotel Las Vegas since then for alleged offenses including suspensions of employees for union activities, threats and interrogations against union supporters, and maintenance of illegal confidentiality rules. 

While Trump Las Vegas has settled some of these allegations by posting notices to workers that it will respect their rights, just this July an NLRB administrative law judge issued a recommended decision finding that the hotel committed six unfair labor practices.  The judge found that Trump management illegally threatened and interrogated employees and the hotel’s top housekeeping manager even told a worker she was a “traitor” for wanting a union.  Trump Las Vegas has signaled an appeal, but it is highly likely that the National Labor Relations Board will adopt the recommended decision over Trump’s objections.  Meanwhile, on August 17, 2016, the NLRB’s General Counsel issued a new complaint alleging that Trump Las Vegas is illegally refusing to comply with the NLRB’s order upholding the union certification.

Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, represent over 57,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, including at most of casino resorts 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.

The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest immigrant organization with over 57,000 members - a diverse membership that is approximately 55% women and 56% Latino. Members -who work as guest room attendants, bartenders, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, and kitchen workers- come from 167 countries and speak over 40 different languages. The Culinary Union has been fighting for fair wages, job security, and good health benefits for working men and women in Nevada for over 80 years.

The Culinary Union is encouraging Nevada locals, political candidates, and tourists to avoid staying at/or patronizing hotels under an active labor dispute such as Station Casinos, Palms Casino Resort, and the Trump Hotel Las Vegas. To see the full list properties with an active labor dispute, go to: VegasTravelAlert.org.

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