Red Rock Resorts won’t unionise

By Noah Taylor Updated
Red Rock Resorts won’t unionise

Red Rock Resorts employees at a Las Vegas casino voted against joining the local culinary union.

World Casino Directory reports that more than 84 per cent of the employees took part in a secret ballot over several days, with 54 per cent voting against joining the union.

A total of 627 employees were against, while 534 voted in favour.

The vote is one of several instances in Las Vegas involving Red Rock Resorts and unionising.

Station Casinos is an operating subsidiary of Red Rock that has already seen seven properties vote in favour of joining the Culinary Workers Union Local 226.

Red Rock Casino general manager and property vice president Scott Nelson stated that team members have spoken and they were thanked for their support.

According to Nelson, Red Rock believes there is no better place to work in Las Vegas, and the results of the election validate that belief.

Prior to the election, the culinary union came forward in a statement accusing Red Rock of election interference.

Days before the election, the company reportedly made their health maintenance organisation health plan both premium and deductible free.

The company also was reported to have increased their contribution to their employees 401(k) accounts or company sponsored retirement accounts.

In a statement, the Culinary Union’s secretary-treasurer Geoconda Arguello-Kline said that the union believes the National Labor Relations board will find the schemes by the company illegal and will order the casino to recognise the union and negotiate a contract.

The union commended the employees of the Red Rock Casino for their courage as they face a ‘massive anti-union campaign’ by the company.

Casino union wary of new investors

Casino workers in New Jersey are urging gaming regulators in the state to take action against online gambling sites that are threatening their livelihoods.

Several hedge funds in New York have purchased stock in companies that operate areas in the region, US Gambling Sites reported in April.

Those companies include Caesars Entertainment Corp properties and MGM Resorts International.

Local 54 is a union group representing more than 10,000 employees in the casino industry and it had an interview with the Casino Control Commission of New Jersey last week.

The regulator was told by the group that they need to take action to protect employees of properties on the Boardwalk from hostile actions that might be taken by new investors.

The union believe the investors represent a threat to Atlantic City’s gaming industry.

The group, known as Local 54, through their president Bob McDevitt said that the investors only interest was to squeeze money out o the companies and it will hurt the local gambling industry.

Mr McDevitt felt that the investors would be seeking a quick profit and their actions could harm the casino business in Atlantic City and the casino industry at large.

As a result, employees will be impacted.

Local 54 to help NJ workers

Local 54’s major concern stems from hedge funds involving Caesars and MGM.

These are two of the largest gambling firms in Atlantic City.

The commissions were told by Mr McDevitt that the private equity was a disaster in the past for Caesars after a buyout in 2008 involving Apollo Global Management and TPG Capital.

Employees of Caesars were subject to years of job cuts as well as maintenance issues.

The company also closed the Showboat casino in 2004 in order to protect other Atlantic City casinos.

Caesars now operates Bally’s, Caesars Atlantic City and Harrah’s.

A vast majority of the shares of Caesars are now controlled by Carl Icahn, an investor of New York.

He holds a 28.5 per cent stake in the gaming brand.

Mr Icahn is now a member of the board and will have a say in business dealings.

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