CLUE letter to Red Rock Resorts

 Dear Mr. Fertitta, 

We write to you as leaders of many faith communities in Southern Nevada. We are deeply concerned about the lack of progress in the efforts by your employees at Station Casinos to achieve better working conditions for themselves and a higher living standard for their families. We believe a fair collective bargaining agreement for your employees who are asking for it is essential for lasting labor peace at Station Casinos. 

We understand that workers at some of your largest properties – mostly recently at Green Valley Ranch and Palms – have voted in National Labor Relations Board elections to choose the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165 to represent them in collective bargaining. We pray that you listen to your employees and enter immediately into good-faith negotiations with the unions in order to settle a fair contract at Green Valley Ranch and Palms – as well as at Boulder Station and Palace Station, where negotiations have been on-going. 

Over the years, your company has said repeatedly that it would respect workers if they chose to unionize through the NLRB election process. The time has come to keep your promise and reward your employees who have trusted in your word that they can have a union if they so choose through an NLRB election. 

God hears workers’ cries for justice. Our faith traditions support the rights of workers to freely organize and be provided with what they deserve to support and sustain their families with dignity. We pray that you share in our beliefs. 

We urge you to listen to your employees, treat them as worthy and important contributors to the success of your company, and provide them with fair compensation, including high-quality, low-cost family health insurance, so they can be the equals of other hospitality workers in the Las Vegas gaming industry. 

In closing, we reiterate and emphasize our plea to you on behalf of your employees at Green Valley Ranch and Palms who have made a clear choice to unionize: recognize their choice, enter immediately into negotiations with their chosen unions, and raise them – and their co-workers at Boulder Station and Palace Station – to be equals of other hospitality workers in the Las Vegas gaming industry. 

We understand there is a legal framework for collective bargaining under federal labor law. However, if we can be of assistance in bringing together the parties involved to reach – finally! – a positive labor peace at Station Casinos, one of the largest employers in our community, we stand at the ready. Please call Rev. Canon Catherine Gregg, D. Min., Chief of Staff, the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada at 702-737-9190 or Rev. Dr. Ralph E. Williamson, First AME Church, at 702-649-1774 if you would like to meet with us. 

Blessings and Peace, 

Members of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice - Las Vegas (CLUE Las Vegas) 

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