The Culinary and Bartenders Unions are upping the ante in their negotiations for new contracts with MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, and Wynn/Encore Resorts. On Thursday, more than 2,000 members took to the streets to let the biggest casino companies in Las Vegas know that they’re ready to strike if they can’t come to terms for a new five-year deal soon.
I was out on the Strip last night and captured a quick vid of protestors, assembled outside the New York-New York casino, an MGM property. It was one of several picket lines set up around the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday, as union members made good on their promise to pump up the heat on their employers.
Protestors carried premade signs saying “MGM Resorts: Contract Now!” in English and Spanish. One handmade placard I saw said, “One Job Should Be Enough: Better Pay for a Better Life.”
A call-and-response routine ensued:
“What do we want? … Contract!
“When do we want it? … Now!”
“If we don’t get no contract … they don’t get no peace!”
“No contract … no peace!”
Photo and video by Dan Michalski / Casinos.com.