STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline regarding Wynn/Encore:



Tuesday, December 15, 2020


Bethany Khan: ▪ (702) 387-7088 

STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline regarding Wynn/Encore:

Culinary Union has agreed with MGM Resorts properties, Caesars Entertainment properties, Cosmopolitan, Waldorf, and Four Seasons to allow flexible work hours in order reduce layoffs. In return, those companies (which include 23 Strip casino resorts and 2 laundry facilities) have agreed to pay for an additional 4-months of health care benefits for their unionized employees.  

Wynn Resorts has declined to do so.

Culinary Union urges Wynn Resorts to protect their employees and agree to extend health care benefits for their workers - just like MGM, Caesars, and other casinos have already done.  


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 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 85 years. / @Culinary226  


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