Culinary Union members to picket Circus Circus Reno “It’s time for Circus Circus Reno to sign a fair contract!”



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Culinary Union members to picket Circus Circus Reno

“It’s time for Circus Circus Reno to sign a fair contract!”

What: 100 Culinary Union members and NV AFL-CIO union workers to picket in Downtown Reno

Where: Circus Circus Reno (500 North Sierra Street, Reno, Nevada 89501)

When: Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 5-6pm.

Who: Culinary Union members who are fighting for a contract at Circus Circus Reno.

Northern NV AFL-CIO union members who support Circus Circus Reno workers facing an aggressive union-busting campaign by the company.


The Culinary Union represents 260 workers at Circus Circus Reno. Workers have been in contract negotiations for 7 months with an expired contract since November 30, 2018.

Contract negotiations with Eldorado Resorts, the parent company of the Downtown Reno casino, are on-going but the company will not agree to fair wages increases for their employees.

Eldorado Resorts made 9.8% more profits (in total adjusted EBITDA) last year and Eldorado’s CEO could make $8.8 million this year, including long-term incentives and bonuses.

“We are the reason Circus Circus Reno is successful and it’s time they recognize that,” said Marlene Sanchez, a bartender and committee leader. “It’s time for the company to give us a fair contract and stop treating us like second-class citizens.”




Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, represent 60,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, including at most of the casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. UNITE HERE represents 280,000 workers in gaming, hotel, and food service industries in North America. 

The Culinary Union, through the Culinary Health Fund, is one of the largest healthcare consumers in the state. The Culinary Health Fund is sponsored by the Culinary Union and Las Vegas-area employers. It provides health insurance coverage for over 130,000 Nevadans, the Culinary Union’s members and their dependents.

The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest immigrant organization with members who come from 178 countries and speak over 40 different languages. We are proud to have helped over 18,000 immigrants become American citizens and new voters since 2001 through our affiliate, The Citizenship Project.

The Culinary Union has a diverse membership -- approximately 55% women, 54% Latinx, 19% White, 15% Asian, 10% Black, and less than 1% Indigenous Peoples — and consists of guest room attendants, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, bartenders, laundry and kitchen workers. The Culinary Union has been fighting for fair wages, job security, and good health benefits for workers in Nevada for 84 years. / @Culinary226

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