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Published on Monday, June 4, 2018

Sin City strike averted at MGM and Caesars resorts



A strike hitting some of Sin City's most illustrious casino resorts seems to have been averted.


The Culinary Workers Union announced a tentative pay deal with resort operator MGM on Sunday, which follows an earlier agreement with Caesars before the weekend.


Together the two companies employed the bulk of the estimated 50,000 hospitality workers threatening to strike.


The union tweeted: "We are pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached with @MGMResortsIntl. The historic new 5-year contract covers approximately 24,000 workers at 10 casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip."


A small number of casino operators still have not reach agreements, so strike action could still take place.


The union had been fighting over improved wages, workplace training issues, and job security guarantees as casino operators pivot to tech innovations including robots, which the union fears will see jobs lost.


Workers had voted to approve strike action but no start date had been set pending the weekend's negotiations following the expiry of the May 31 deadline.


The union had fought for a multi-year deal of a minimum 4% annual pay increase.

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