Statement from Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union regarding the NLRB election at Red Rock Casino:



Friday, December 20th, 2019

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Statement from Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union regarding the NLRB election at Red Rock Casino:

Red Rock Casino seriously interfered with workers’ right to a free and fair union election under federal law. It wasn’t surprising that Station Casinos’ anti-union tactics given its past and continuing history of violating federal labor law, including refusals to recognize election results where workers voted overwhelmingly to unionize. 

Management announced just after the Culinary & Bartenders Unions filed for the election at Red Rock Casino, that it would be making its HMO health plan premium-free and deductible-free, and did so a few days before the election was held. The company also announced increased company contributions to workers’ 401(k) accounts. 

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has repeatedly condemned these types of ploys as interfering with the conditions necessary for a fair election. We are confident that the NLRB will find the company’s schemes illegal and order Red Rock Casino to recognize the union and bargain a contract.

We have always said that workers deserve a fair process to decide whether to unionize without management intimidation, harassment, bullying, and illegal threats. We commend Red Rock Casino workers for their courage and resilience in the face of the massive anti-union campaign the company waged against their own employees.

The Culinary Union has created a strong standard for hospitality workers in Las Vegas for over 84 years and we will never give up on workers fighting for justice and respect. We stand with Red Rock Casino workers and will continue to organize until they have good benefits and job protections like other Culinary & Bartenders Unions members in Las Vegas. We are confident that Red Rock Casino workers will be able to join the Culinary Union family soon.

Station Casinos has said many times that they would respect their employees’ right to hold an NLRB election:



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 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. 


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