Members of Culinary 226 during meetings with presidential candidates in Las Vegas in December. (Culinary 226 courtesy photo)
The Culinary and Bartenders unions announced Thursday they have won union recognition from Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa Casino after a years-long battle.
The two sides have been at odds since 2017 when workers at the Station Casino property voted by a landslide — 78 percent — to unionize. Since then, Station Casinos and its parent company, Red Rock Resorts, have unsuccessfully challenged the vote in court in an effort to overturn union elections.
According to a press release sent by the Culinary Union, Station Casinos has dropped its legal challenges after a DC Circuit Court last week denied the casino chain’s latest appeal. The National Labor Relations Board Region (NLRB) Region 28 will enforce a June 2019 settlement agreement requiring the company to negotiate. The board has ordered the Henderson casino to post a public notice reminding employees that no changes to wages, hours and rights can be made without first negotiating with the union.
Past changes must now be reversed and negotiated.
The Culinary Union says it has sent a letter requesting bargaining dates and will begin negotiations for a contract with Station Casino that covers approximately 900 Green Valley Ranch workers.
In a statement Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Argüello-Kline said: “It’s shameful that Station Casinos has spent years fighting the democratic votes of their employees. Workers voted to have a union contract that would guarantee their protections on the job so they could provide for their families without being worried. We look forward to negotiating and winning a contract at Green Valley Ranch.”
Since 2016, workers at seven Station Casinos properties have voted to be represented through collective bargaining. They are: Boulder Station, Palace Station, Green Valley Ranch, Palms, Sunset Station, Fiesta Rancho and Fiesta Henderson.
The NLRB later rescinded union recognition for Fiesta Henderson, and Culinary is appealing the decision – part of an ongoing back and forth between the union and the company over NLRB rulings.
Workers at an eighth property, Red Rock Resort, in December voted against representation by Culinary. The union is challenging that with the NLRB, claiming the company interfered with the fair voting process by increasing their contributions to workers’ 401(k) plans and making workers’ health plan premium- and deductible-free just days before the election.
Note: This item was edited to clarify the status of the Henderson Fiesta election.
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