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“In the U.S., picnics, instead of street protests, won the day.”

The Culinary union in Las Vegas is one of the most successful private sector bargaining units in the United States, frequently recognized nationally as a — maybe the —contemporary model of an effective American labor union. Nevada’s working class, characterized like so much of the U.S. working class by women of color, faces many unique challenges (more on that in a minute). Those challenges would be far more numerous for far more people if not for the Culinary — and not just because so many employees are working under contracts negotiated by the Culinary: Wages and benefits at Station properties, the Venetian and every other non-union resort in Southern Nevada would be far lower if not for market standards established by Culinary contracts.

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