December 16, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Las Vegas, Nevada —Donald Trump wants to keep Muslims out of the country, but he couldn’t stop workers at the Trump International Hotel here from joining UNITE HERE.
The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 announced Dec. 7 that a majority of the employees in the bargaining unit there had voted to join it and Bartenders Union Local 165. “Trump Las Vegas workers have spoken loud and clear: They want respect, dignity, and the Las Vegas union standard,” Local 226 secretary-treasurer Geoconda Arguello-Kline said in a statement, urging the hotel to immediately recognize the union and to start negotiating a contract “as soon as possible.” Management had opposed the organizing campaign, with Trump’s son Eric telling the Las Vegas Sun in October that hotel workers had rejected joining a union “because we have a strong relationship with all of them.