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Organized Labor Victories in MA and NV

Workplaces in Massachusetts and Nevada see organizing victories

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by Kate Hogan on
Nov 10, 2017

With all of the labor victories in the recent election, UCOMM wanted to bring you organizing victories that happened in Massachusetts and Nevada that you might not have heard about. Here are three workplaces that decided to vote union yes!


First Student in Massachusetts is one of the leading school transportation solution providers in North America. They currently deliver full-service transportation, special needs transportation, route optimization and scheduling for over 1,300 school districts. In the beginning of November, First Student took a vote to join the United Steelworkers (USW).  Out of the 45 votes that were tallied, 39 people voted to join the union. All full time and regular part-time bus drivers employed by First Student at its Randolph, Massachusetts location are included.

If you spend any time in Las Vegas, stop by Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall. All of their full-time and regular part-time maintenance engineers and maintenance technicians employees voted to join the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 501. Out of the 19 people that voted, 13 of them voted union yes.

A huge labor success came at Green Valley Ranch Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. During a two-day election, 730 workers voted, with 78% voting yes. Approximately 900 Green Valley Ranch workers will be represented by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE. “Over the course of organizing, I’ve picketed, protested, and even fasted for seven days. I’m happy to have been able to help organize my coworkers and I felt so proud to vote “YES” for the union!” said Michael Wagner, a bartender who has worked at Green Valley Ranch since it opened in December 2001. “I look forward to joining together with other Station Casinos workers in negotiations with the company so we can have a fair union contract soon.”

Congratulations to these and all new union members across the United States. Welcome to the organized labor family.

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