Station Casinos argued a September 2019 employee vote to unionize at the company’s Fiesta Henderson property should be nullified.
No it shouldn’t, a National Labor Relations Board hearing officer said last week.
Alvaro Medina, in a report issued September 17, recommended that the NLRB recognize the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 as the representative union for Fiesta Henderson employees.
“I recommend that the Employer’s objections be overruled in their entirety. The Employer has failed to meet the Board’s standard and therefore has not provided evidence that raises a reasonable doubt as to the fairness and validity of the election. Therefore, I recommend that an appropriate Certification of Representative issue,” said Medina in the report.
According to the report, the company has until 5 p.m. Oct. 1 to file an exception to the hearing officer’s report with the NLRB’s Los Angeles office.
Last year, 57 percent of about 300 workers at the Fiesta Henderson voted in favor of the union in a secret-ballot election supervised by the NLRB.
Station Casinos, a Red Rock Resorts company, objected to the election results, arguing the Culinary’s campaign materials compromised the integrity of the election and that the union misled employees into taking photographs for a booklet. The NLRB hearing officer said the company lacked sufficient evidence to back up either objection.
“Station Casinos continues to disrespect their workers by wasting time with litigation and union busting efforts,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer for the Culinary, in a statement. “We call on Station Casinos to immediately negotiate and settle a fair contract for the workers at Red Rock Resort, Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho, Sunset Station, Palms, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, and Boulder Station.”
Station Casinos declined to comment.
The NLRB action is its latest in a long-running battle between Nevada’s largest union and the state’s largest operator of locals market casinos. The Culinary has won elections at multiple Station Casinos properties, but a collective bargaining agreement has yet to be inked at any of them. The union’s organizing campaign, and the company’s response to it, has been the subject of multiple NLRB rulings.
The company contends it, not the union, has the support of its employees. The company this week said workers at Palace Station have signed a petition rejecting a 2017 vote to join the Culinary, and so Station will no longer recognize the Culinary as a bargaining unit at the property. The company made a similar announcement regarding a Boulder Station employee petition in August.
The Culinary contends the company’s withdrawal from negotiations on the basis of petitions is unlawful.
Workers at Red Rock Resort voted against joining the Culinary in December 2019.