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Welcome to the Housekeeping Olympics. Start your vacuums.

But this year’s competition almost didn’t happen. After three years of coronavirus-related cancellations, this previously annual event put on by the Ohio-based IEHA ran into the possibility of a casino workers strike, potentially the largest in history, just days ahead of the 2023 opening ceremonies.


Just weeks earlier, many of these same housekeeping workers picketed outside Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Park MGM, Bellagio and a half-dozen other casino properties. The Culinary Workers Union, which represents 53,000 Las Vegas casino workers, was coordinating a potential walkout ahead of the city’s upcoming F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix.

But the casinos and union came to a deal last week, which included significant pay increases, better job security and improved working conditions.


“Last week we were angry,” said Rodriguez. “But now we have the contract, so that makes the spirit wake up.”

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