NLRB tells Station to start talking

By: - August 23, 2018 2:13 pm

Green Valley Ranch Resort

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has filed complaints against both Palms Casino and Green Valley Ranch Resort alleging that they have “been failing and refusing to bargain collectively and in good faith with the exclusive collective-bargaining representative of its employees…”

Workers at both the Palms and Green Valley Ranch voted by overwhelming margins in favor of unionizing in April 2018 and November 2017. At Green Valley Ranch 78 percent voted in favor of unionizing while 84 percent voted to unionize at the Palms.

Since then, Station Casinos has tried to overturn the elections through a series of unsuccessful legal challenges and have been rejected twice by unanimous three-member panels of the NLRB who stated that the appeal was “denied as it raises no substantial issues warranting review.”

“Station Casinos is defying federal law as it continues to refuse to negotiate in good faith,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union in a statement. “Any unilateral changes pertaining to workers and their workplace conditions are illegal at the Palms and Green Valley Ranch unless explicitly bargained with the Culinary and Bartenders Unions.”

Station Casinos has said in the past that they would honor their worker’s right to hold an election.

“We have said all along that if a fair and lawful election is held we will abide by the results,” Richard Haskins, president of Station Casinos, said in a statement to the Review-Journal.

In the complaint, the regional director notified Station Casinos they must answer to the allegations by August 28.

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Jeniffer Solis
Jeniffer Solis

Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.