Law and Politics

Street Heat: Unions Picket Trump’s Vegas Hotel on 107° Afternoon

July 26, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Las Vegas, NV – Labor unions and political activists often talk about “street heat,” but it was literal on the 107-degree afternoon of July 20, when about 2,000 people marched half a mile down the Las Vegas Strip to demand that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's hotel give its workers a union contract.

Workers at the Trump International Hotel voted last December to be represented by the Culinary Workers union, UNITE HERE Local 226, but management has challenged the results and refused to begin contract talks. The hotel workers were joined by members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which was holding a convention in Las Vegas. Many marchers had to stop to ask nurses and paramedics for aid, while others carried signs urging Trump to “give us the greatest, most impressive contract of all time.” “We fight for workers' rights 365 days a year, no matter how hot,” said Culinary spokesperson Bethany Khan. Read more

July 25, 2016

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