Culinary Union to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Frontier Strike



Saturday, February 5, 2022 


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Culinary Union to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Frontier Strike 

 Livestream of the film screening and the panel discussion to be available to the public for viewing on the Culinary Union's Facebook page:

Las Vegas, NV -  Culinary Union to host a celebration for the 30th anniversary of the Frontier Strike. Participants will watch a film “One Day Longer: The Story of the Frontier Strike” and listen to a panel of strikers and organizers who, 30 years ago, walked the 24/7 picket line and supported the historic and successful 6 year, 4 months, and 10 days Frontier Strike.


*D. Taylor, President of UNITE HERE

*Frontier Strikers

*Frontier Strike organizing team

*Culinary Union shop stewards and members

WHAT: 30th Anniversary of the Frontier Strike Celebration  

WHEN: Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 10:00am

NOTE: This event is not open to the general public. Livestream of the film screening and the panel discussion to be available on the Culinary Union's Facebook page for public viewing:

WHERE: Caesars Palace - Palace Ballroom Emperors level in the conference center (3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard).

Frontier strikers who speak English and Spanish will be available for media interviews.

WHY: The longest and most successful strike in the history of the United States, The Frontier Strike, began on September 21, 1991. Over 550 workers maintained a 24/7 picket line in this historic 24-hours-a-day, 7-days a week strike. Not one striker ever crossed the line.

The Frontier Strike ended 6 years, 4 months, and 10 days later, on February 1, 1998, when Phil Ruffin bought the resort from owner Margaret Elardi. At the end of The Frontier Strike, all the strikers were able to return back to work. The Culinary Union negotiated that original workers be brought back to their jobs and workers were provided back pay and benefits. During the course of the strike, 17 strikers passed away and 107 children were born.


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 300,000 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 145,000 Nevadans, the Culinary Union’s members and their dependents. 

The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest Latinx/Black/AAPI/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 which is 55% women and 45% immigrants. The demographics of Culinary Union members are approximately: 54% Latinx, 18% white, 15% Asian, 12% Black, and less than 1% Indigenous Peoples. 

Culinary Union members work as: Guest room attendants, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, bartenders, laundry and kitchen workers. The Culinary Union has been fighting for working families in Nevada for 87 years. / @Culinary226 


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