Media advisory: Thousands of workers to march down Fremont Street to The D Casino Thursday, September 27th at 5pm



Thursday, September 27, 2018 

Bethany Khan ▪ ▪ (702) 387-7088 

Thousands of workers to march down Fremont Street to The D Casino

Thursday, September 27th at 5pm 

**Picket sign making b-roll**

WHAT: Thousands of hospitality workers to march down Fremont Street to The D Casino Las Vegas as the Culinary Union fights to secure new 5-year contracts for workers who work at The D Casino and the Golden Gate.

WHO: Culinary and Bartenders Unions members. Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union, Geoconda Argüello-Kline, and President for the Culinary Union, Ted Pappageorge. Workers from Nevada AFL-CIO member unions. 

WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 5pm.

Workers will be available before and briefly after the march for interviews in English and Spanish. March concludes at approximately 7pm at The D Casino Las Vegas. 


Culinary and Bartenders Unions contracts covering 2,000 union workers expired on June 1, 2018. Almost all the casinos have settled, but negotiations continue for The D Casino and the Golden Gate in Downtown Las Vegas.

Members of the Culinary and Bartenders Unions whose contracts are now expired: Bartenders, guest room attendants, cocktail servers, food servers, porters, bellman, cooks, and kitchen workers who are employed at unsettled union properties on the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas.  

The Culinary and Bartenders Unions have proposed new contract language to provide greater measure of security for members including workplace safety, sexual harassment, subcontracting, automation/technology, and immigration. In addition, the Union’s economic proposal seeks to provide workers a fair share of the employers’ enormous anticipated cash flows and Trump tax windfalls.   

The Culinary and Bartenders Unions encourage Nevada locals, elected officials, political candidates, and tourists to support workers by not patronizing hotels and casinos under a labor dispute. Please support workers who are fighting for justice and do not cross picket lines. 

Labor contracts for the below 3 casino resorts are expired:


Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, represent over 57,000 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 270,000 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 143,000 Nevadans, the Culinary Union’s members and their dependents.

The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest immigrant organization with over 57,000 members - a diverse membership that is approximately 55% women and 54% Latino. Members - who work as guest room attendants, bartenders, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, and kitchen workers - come from 173 countries and speak over 40 different languages. The Culinary Union has been fighting for fair wages, job security, and good health benefits for working men and women in Nevada for 83 years. / @Culinary226

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