Culinary Union announces strike at Virgin Las Vegas casino

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Culinary Union workers will go on strike at the Virgin Las Vegas property on Friday, May 10.

More than 700 people will be on strike for 48 hours starting at 5 a.m. this Friday. The strike is expected to last until Sunday. May 12 at 4:59 a.m.

The facility has never been on strike before and the union says the reason for the strike is continued pressure for a five-year collective agreement.

On Wednesday evening, a spokesperson for Local 226 of the Culinary Workers Union sent a statement that said, in part, the following:

“The Culinary Union is already urging customers and community allies to not cross picket line at Virgin Las Vegas and will encourage visitors to cancel their reservations, leave the property and choose union accommodations…. Last year, members of the culinary and bartending unions voted to authorize a strike across the city after tens of thousands of hospitality workers filled the Thomas and Mack Center in September 2023 to vote. The contracts of more than 50,000 workers have since been concluded and the workers have won the best contract on record. Contract negotiations for a casino property remain: Virgin Las Vegas’ contract expired on June 1, 2023 and the extension was terminated. »