April 17, 2018
Regent Rick Trachok Board of Regents 100 West Liberty St., 10th Floor Reno, NV 89501 Re:
2018 Citywide Casino Contracts Negotiations Underway
Dear Regent Trachok, The Culinary and Bartenders Unions have begun contract negotiations for 50,000 members who work on the Las Vegas Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. The contracts expire on June 1, 2018. We have proposed a wage, benefit and growth package reflecting the health of the economy and the gaming industry. The companies are doing well and poised for substantial growth. The casino employers have received substantial tax benefits. Meaningful wage increases, health care and retirement security are key priorities for workers, but they are not their only concern. Following Oct. 1 and sexual harassment charges brought against a major name in gaming, our members want both physical and economic security. Our proposals include safety buttons for guest room attendants, room service and other workers, tough new standards to protect workers from sexual harassment be it from customers, managers or others, pay equity for guest room attendants, who are overwhelmingly women, to put them on par with housemen, a voice in the introduction of new technology and financial compensation and job alternatives for employees displaced by new technology. Women make up 55% of our membership. They are the backbone of the casino industry workforce. Our union has never accepted sexual harassment and gender discrimination and we applaud the brave women who have spoken up about their experiences. Every year our members deliver world-class customer service to millions of visitors. Our proposals reflect our priorities: safe workplaces, economic security and income equality. We hope to resolve these negotiations before the contract expiration and want to avoid work stoppages.
We ask you to support the members of the Culinary and Bartenders unions in these negotiations, because when our members and their families do well, Nevada does well. The economic and social benefits our members secure in their contracts are invested directly back into our local economy. Sincerely,