Another Station Casinos property approves overwhelmingly its proposed unionization, company yet to negotiate contracts at other properties
Sunset Station Hotel & Casino in Henderson, Nevada has become the fifth Station Casinos property whose employees have voted to unionize, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
After a one-day election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board, Culinary Union Local 226 said on Thursday that about 83% of 437 staff members voted in favor of being represented by the labor union.
Following the successful vote, about 600 Sunset Station workers will become members of the Culinary and Bartenders Union Local 165.
Sunset Station opened doors in 1997 in Henderson, a city not far from Las Vegas. The property features 448 hotel rooms and a 162,000-square-foot casino, among other facilities.
As mentioned above, Sunset Station has become the fifth Station Casinos-controlled property to vote for unionization. Boulder Station workers voted in favor of unionizing in September 2016. That successful vote was followed by a vote at Palace Station in March 2017, at Green Valley Ranch in November 2017, and at Palms in April 2018.
Commenting on Thursday’s vote, Geoconda Argüello-Kline, the Secretary Treasurer for the Culinary Workers Union Local 226, said in a statement that “once again, Station Casino workers, this time at Sunset Station, have spoken loud and clear that they want a union, fair wages, and good benefits like at other union casinos in Las Vegas and that they want to be treated fairly on the job.”
Prolonged Contract Negotiations
Despite the successful vote last week, the actual unionization might not take place anytime soon, given the bad blood between Station Casinos and Culinary Union Local 226. The two parties have failed to successfully negotiate the terms of the unionization at the previous four properties operated by the company that had approved the move, and the matter has even reached court.
Last year, Station Casinos filed a lawsuit against the labor union, arguing that it had engaged in “unfair campaign practices”, while the union accused the gaming and hospitality company of “unfair labor practices.”
Earlier this year, culinary workers organized nationwide pickets at properties associated with Station’s Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas to support the property’s employees in their year-long effort to unionize after their overwhelming vote in the spring of 2018.
Just as all other properties, Station Casinos has failed to start contract negotiations with labor unions for Palms. Under federal law, workers are allowed to organize “secondary” picketing in order to urge an employer to honor its staff’s choice to unionize.
In her statement from last week, the Culinary Union Local 226 Secretary-Treasurer said that they “call on Station Casinos to immediately negotiate and settle a fair contract for the workers of Sunset Station” as well as at the four other properties that have voted to be represented by a labor union over the past several years.
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June 15, 2019