Hotels May Avert Strike
This past Sunday and Monday, Culinary Workers Union (CWU)---made up of Culinary Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165---reached contract agreements with the remaining two of the four largest hotel/casino companies on Vegas? main strip (see WIT for May 24, 2002). The agreements raise to 35,000 the number of CWU?s 47,000 members who have negotiated new contracts following an overwhelmingly affirmative strike vote on May 16 (see WIT for May 16, 2002), and before their current contracts expire on May 31. With five of the largest employers on the Strip having reached tentative agreements on five year contracts including raises of close to twenty-three percent, chances are high that the remaining 15 employers still in negotiations will settle without a citywide strike being called.