Tens of thousands of Las Vegas Strip hotel workers at 18 casinos could on go strike this month
after two days of voting on whether to walk off the job. The results of the strike vote, which began Monday and continued Tuesday, have not yet been released. But if approved, the walkout would be the first on the Strip by the powerful Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and its parent union, Unite Here, in more than three decades. The strike could affect 18 casinos, including well known properties like Caesars Palace, Bellagio, Bellagio, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Las Vegas Hilton, Luxor, MGM Grand, Palazzo, Mandalay Bay, Venetian, Bally's, Paris, and Tropicana. The strike would involve about 24,000 housekeepers, porters, bellmen, cooks, and other unionized hotel workers from 182 Strip hotels and casinos. The union is demanding higher pay and stronger job security protections, among other things. In the event of a strike, it is unclear how much impact it would have on the hotels and the Las Vegas economy. Unite Here and its affiliates have been successful in similar labor disputes in other cities, and union leaders have said they have the support of the broader community. The union could also rely on a network of retired members to help keep operations running during the strike.