December 24, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Las Vegas, NV – Workers at Donald Trump’s Las Vegas hotel have won their first union contract. The four-year agreement, announced Dec. 21, ends more than a year in which Trump refused to accept a vote by workers at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas to be represented by the Culinary Workers Union (UNITE HERE Local 226) and the Bartenders Union.
“This is it. This is what we’ve been fighting for, for over a year, to have a contract,” said Culinary spokesperson Bethany Khan. Ratified over the previous weekend, it will cover about 520 housekeepers, bartenders, servers, porters, and other staff, and give them annual wage increases, a pension, health insurance, and a formal grievance procedure, she added. It will go into effect Jan. 1. The Trump Organization also agreed not to interfere with efforts by UNITE HERE to organize about 120 to 135 workers at its recently opened hotel in Washington. John Boardman, executive secretary-treasurer of the union’s D.C. affiliate, told the Washington Post that he hadn’t quite figured out why Trump agreed to do that, but described the negotiations as “very, very cordial.” Read more