Employee dining room, free parking elude Circa employees

Owner Derek Stevens mum on perks, political plans

By: - April 15, 2021 6:17 am
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It costs some employees $60 a month to park for work at Circa, the newest resort in downtown LV. (Photo: Dana Gentry)

Two Las Vegas traditions — the employee dining room and free parking for all workers — are absent from the newest resort downtown.  

“I can confirm that Circa does not have an EDR,” says Angela Ciciriello of the hotel’s public relations department. 

Neither does its sister hotel, the D. 

Culinary Union spokeswoman Bethany Khan says the union’s members employed at both properties receive stipends instead of the traditional hot meals offered by most resorts.  

Khan did not provide the amount of that stipend.    

“All employees have access to our self-serve break facilities and are provided with an employee discount to our restaurant partners,” Ciciriello said. 

Circa’s employee break room offers employees refrigerators to store meals brought to work, as well as vending machines in place of traditional food stations.   

Strip resorts “have huge EDRs and serve meals,” says Khan. “Downtown properties are much smaller. They have smaller break rooms.”

A cocktail server at the Circa’s Stadium Swim amphitheater pool who asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation says it costs $60 a month for Circa employees to park for work.  

“Bartenders and cocktail servers at the pool are not covered by the collective bargaining agreement. They are non-union positions,” says Khan. “As far as I’m aware, no Culinary Union members pay to park throughout the state.”

“Employee parking accommodations vary,” Ciciriello said.  She did not elaborate.

Circa, built on the site of the Las Vegas Club, opened its casino in late October at the height of the pandemic. The hotel opened later. 

The Culinary represents approximately 700 Circa employees under a contract carried over from its sister resort, the D, according to Khan. 

“Some parts of the contract that pertain specifically to the Circa are in the process of being adjusted,” Khan said.  

“Workers have health care and a pension,” she said, in addition to “many other union protections.”

On Tuesday, Circa held a drive thru job fair to hire all positions, according to a news release, including housekeepers, porters, and security.  Another job fair is scheduled for April 27. 

Khan says employees at the D had the opportunity to move to Circa when it opened.  

Derek Stevens, the owner of Circa, the D, and the Golden Gate, has been mentioned as a possible Republican contender for governor in 2022.  

“I am unable to confirm or deny Mr. Stevens (sic) interest in running for governor at this time,” Ciciriello said via email.  Stevens did not return calls.  

Stevens is a frequent contributor to political candidates of both parties, according to records from the Secretary of State. 

He hedged his bet on the 2018 gubernatorial race, contributing $5,000 to Democrat Steve Sisolak and $10,000 to Republican Adam Laxalt. Stevens contributed another $10,000 to Sisolak in 2020.  

The Nevada Gaming Control Board declined to say whether a gaming licensee would be prohibited from serving as governor. Nevada’s governor is responsible for appointing members of the Control Board and Gaming Commission. 

Nevada Revised Statutes do not appear to prohibit a governor from holding a gaming license.

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Dana Gentry
Dana Gentry

Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, two grandsons, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.