Station Casinos Pickets Culinary Union in Las Vegas
Station Casinos decided to hold a picket line a few days ago at the Culinary Union’s Las Vegas office in downtown to show frustration towards the labor group.
Station Casinos is a major gaming venue operator in the state of Nevada. For quite some time now, the operator has been dealing with union issues and they have seemingly had enough. Just a few days ago, Station Casinos put together a picket line in downtown Las Vegas as the office of the Culinary Union. The company tried to use the stunt as a way to show its frustration towards the labor union.
The Picket Event
Around 100 employees of Station Casinos decided to protest at the headquarters of the union. Most of those involved were management or supervisors. The individuals taking part wore t-shirts that said “Respect the Votes” and signs that called out the union for lying. They also posted signs that said Station benefits includes medical centers, free health care, and a retirement plan.
The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Station Casinos have been at each other’s throats for a long time. The union says the operator has interfered with efforts to unionize within employees of 10 different properties. Such venues include Boulder Station and Red Rock Resort.
The case is currently in front of the National Labor Relations Board. For now, a federal district court has ruled that Station Casinos must begin negotiating with the union. The operators says that negotiations will cause irreparable harm.
The company said in a statement that the majority of employees at Boulder Station and Palace Station voted against the union. Station Casinos says the union refuses to accept this and filed charges within the National Labor Relations Board to see the decision changed.
Station Casinos is demanding that the union respect the vote of the employees and stop trying the change the wishes of employees within these venues.
Union Leaders React
Of course, as the protest took place, leaders of the union came out to say it was a publicity stunt and nothing more. Culinary Union secretary-treasurer, Geoconda Argüello-Kline stated that the operator is trying to bring public attention to allegations of legal misconduct that the company faces.
She stated further that in the almost 90 years of organizing, the Culinary Union has never seen supervisors or managers picket on their day off when the temperatures are 99 degrees. The secretary-treasurer said she is hopeful that everyone was able to stay hydrated and cool.
Others found the protest laughable due to that fact that the employees were protesting on their off day when no one was at the Culinary Union’s headquarters. However, Station Casinos did not find the event funny and said that the point was for the Culinary Union to see that they need to leave the operator alone.
The company also said that it was not just senior employees in attendance. Apparently, hourly employees were also on hand to take part in the protest.
As far as the case is concerned, the Board is reviewing whether or not Station Casinos increased employee benefits before the vote to unionize. The benefit increases have been called an influence on how the employees decided to vote for or against the union.
Station says that the Culinary Union is being unfair and biased in its assessments. It remains to be seen what will come of this case. All eyes are on both organizations and if unionizing is going to be forced or if Station Casinos will have its way.