November 10, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – The National Labor Relations Board ruled Nov. 3 that the Trump International hotel in Las Vegas was illegally refusing to recognize its workers’ vote to form a labor union.
It ordered Donald Trump and his co-owners to start contract talks as soon as the Culinary Workers Union, UNITE HERE Local 226, requests them. Trump claimed that the workers’ vote last December to join the union had been rigged, but the NLRB found no merit in that and certified the Culinary as the exclusive bargaining agent for the more than 500 workers in housekeeping, food and beverage services, and guest services at the hotel. “The National Labor Relations Board has consistently told Donald Trump and his company that the union election wasn’t rigged and that he must sit down and negotiate with the Culinary Union,” Culinary secretary-treasurer Geoconda Arguello-Kline said in a statement. “Mr. Trump is breaking federal law and Trump Hotel Las Vegas is operating illegally. Mr. Trump should accept the federal government’s order to negotiate and treat his workers with respect.” Read more