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Las Vegas Culinary Workers Union Votes to Authorize Strike

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LAS VEGAS — The Culinary Workers Union in Las Vegas, which represents more than 53,000 hospitality workers, voted 95% in favor of authorizing a strike on Sept. 26 due to contract disputes with major employers, including MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment and Wynn Resorts properties.

Union leadership now has the authority to call a strike, but negotiations are set for next week with several hotels, and a deadline for a walkout has not been determined, according to the Associated Press. It has been more than 30 years since the Culinary Workers Union has gone on strike.

The union has been negotiating for a new contract that includes the highest wage increase in its history, more safety against workplace violence, job protections and training on new forms of technology, according to Fox 5 Las Vegas.

While the vote approving a strike does not guarantee that there will be a strike, the timing of the vote comes ahead of major events happening in the city, like the Formula 1 race and Superbowl, and threatens to have significant consequences for Las Vegas’ hospitality industry. 

Upcoming trade shows taking place at MGM, Caesars and Wynn properties in 2023 include:

  • HR Technology Conference & Exposition (Oct. 10-13 at Mandalay Bay)
  • IMEX America (Oct. 17-19 at Mandalay Bay)
  • SupplySide West (Oct. 23-27 at Mandalay Bay)
  • NBWA Annual Convention & Product Showcase (Oct. 8-11 at Caesars Palace)
  • ITC Vegas (Oct.31-Nov.2 at Mandalay Bay)
  • ICAS Convention (Dec. 4-7 at Caesars Palace)
  • ISSA Show North America (Nov. 13-16 at Mandalay Bay)


Trade Show Executive will be following and reporting on this developing story.

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