STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline regarding Station Casinos not doing the right thing (Boulder / Palace)



Wednesday, September 23, 2020 


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STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline regarding Station Casinos not doing the right thing:

After workers voted to unionize at Boulder, Station Casinos aggressively fought the Culinary Union’s next election at Palace Station. When federal investigators with the National Labor Board Relations (NLRB) indicated that they would issue a complaint that Station Casinos’ conduct was illegal, Station Casinos settled the charges and agreed to recognize the union.  

Subsequently, Station Casinos illegally refused to recognize election results at Green Valley Ranch and Palms, instead litigating those election results for years. Station Casinos currently faces a slew of new allegations by the Culinary Union that it failed to bargain prior to layoffs affecting workers at all its properties, and that it unlawfully promised benefits and threatened workers prior the election at Red Rock Casino. 

Station Casinos has withdrawn union recognition at Boulder and Palace Station. The Culinary Union believes it has done so unlawfully. Station Casinos continues to waste time trying to bust the union. The Culinary Union has filed an unfair labor practice charge regarding the withdrawal and has demanded to negotiate immediately.


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 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 -- 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 85 years. / @Culinary226 


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