July 8, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Las Vegas, NV – Donald Trump’s Las Vegas hotel spent more than $500,000 trying to stop its housekeepers and restaurant staff from forming a union, according to Labor Department disclosure forms reviewed by the Huffington Post.
Trump and Phil Ruffin, co-owners of the Trump International Hotel, paid $560,631 to the union-busting consultant firm Cruz & Associates between July and December last year, for “consultation services and employee educational meetings” intended to prevent the workers from joining the Culinary Workers Union, UNITE HERE Local 226. They spent half of that in the two weeks after the workers had voted 238-209 in favor of the union. A National Labor Relations Board regional director rejected Trump and Ruffin’s claims that the union illegally interfered with the vote, but the hotel is trying to appeal that ruling to the board’s national office. The NLRB is investigating charges that the hotel illegally fired one worker and threatened others for supporting the union. The Culinary Workers say Trump International housekeepers make $3 an hour less than union housekeepers at other Las Vegas hotels. Read more