Culinary Union celebrates historic union contracts won with Vice-President Kamala Harris

Culinary Union celebrates historic union contracts won with Vice-President Kamala Harris, continues fighting for 7,700 hospitality workers employed at 23 casinos in Nevada - Las Vegas, NV – Culinary Union was proud to mark the historic and hard-fought union contracts won for over 40,000 hospitality workers in Las Vegas by hosting a celebration with Vice-President of the United States of America Kamala Harris at the Culinary Union HQ and hundreds of Culinary Union members. Also in attendance for the event was Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su, Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, Congressional Representatives Dina Titus, Steven Horsford, and Susie Lee, Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, and other elected leaders. “At Culinary 226, you are setting a new standard for workers everywhere of what they now know — because they know the story of what happened here — what they now know is possible, is reasonable, is right, is achievable,” said Vice President Kamala Harris. “So, I came back to say thank you because the work that you have done is, yes about the members of this storied union, but you in the larger movement for workers in America are setting new standards and it is making a difference." “With President Biden and Vice President Harris in office, workers that know we've got backup and political leadership that values working families, and that's just it's a big deal for us. It gives us hope and strength,” said Ted Pappageorge, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union. “We have won historic contracts for 40,000 workers, but we aren’t done fighting yet. We will be setting strike deadlines very soon for nearly 8,000 hospitality workers so that they and their families aren’t left behind from the economic recovery companies are enjoying. Companies are well and workers must win our fair share - we will be fighting very hard to win the best contract ever so that one job is enough!” “We had tough negotiations with the big three casino companies that took 8 months, but we fought hard and won historic wage increases that will help us to support our families and it will help future generations. By the end of this new five year contract, the average Culinary Union member will be earning about $37 an hour including our benefits which is amazing! We are not done yet and we support our brothers and sisters until we win all contracts,” said Elena Newman, guest room attendant at the Mandalay Bay and Culinary Union member for 20 years. “President Biden and Vice President Harris are the most pro-worker elected leaders that we have ever had and we love to see it.” MORE:

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