By Bert Eljera
LAS VEGAS – After overwhelmingly authorizing a strike two weeks ago, union workers will hold pickets Saturday, April 12, in 10 downtown casinos and two other establishments to speed up contract negotiations with property owners.
The pickets are scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to a statement by the workers’ union, the Culinary Workers Union, Local 226.
To be picketed are The Plaza, Binion’s, Golden Nugget, Four Queens, Las Vegas Club, Main Street Station, El Cortez, Fremont, Golden Gate, and the D.
Pickets will also be staged at Margaritaville at the Flamingo Las Vegas and Brady Laundries, which services many resorts on the Strip, the union said.
Union workers are asking for health benefits, better wages and a guaranteed work week. The affected properties represent about 10,000 union workers.
“This is the next step in us getting ready to go on strike,” said union spokeswoman Bethany Khan. “This is an informational picket, letting the public and customers know there’s an active labor dispute at these properties.
She said the union and the property owners have been in negotiations for a year-and-a-half.