December 13, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
The Cosmopolitan, one of the few major Las Vegas resorts without a union contract since it opened in 2010, announced Dec. 1 that it had reached a deal with Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 of UNITE HERE.
The four-year agreement will cover about 2,000 employees in the food, beverage, housekeeping, bar and lounge, and bell departments, and has already been ratified, the Culinary said in a statement. Deutsche Bank, the Cosmopolitan’s original owner, had refused to reach a contract with the two unions after a majority of the workers signed cards, sparking protests such as a sit-in the blocked the Las Vegas Strip in 2013. The Blackstone Group, the private-equity firm that bought the casino late last year, wanted a more conciliatory relationship. The contract includes language that protects workers’ seniority, wages, and benefits if the resort is sold, and also guarantees that Blackstone will remain neutral if unions try to organize other casinos it acquires in the city, said Culinary spokesperson Bethany Khan. Read more