April 27, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Las Vegas, NV – More than 1,500 people protested outside the Trump International Hotel April 21, demanding that it sign a contract with Culinary Workers Union Local 226.
Workers at the hotel, which is co-owned by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, voted in December to be represented by the union, but its owners have appealed the National Labor Relations Board’s approval of the election. “We’re going to make sure that Donald Trump understands that Las Vegas is a union town,” said state Sen. Ruben Kihuen (D-Las Vegas), who is running for Congress and has been endorsed by Local 226. “It’s a shame that he is running for president, yet he doesn’t understand how elections work.” Maria Jaramillo, 37, who said she’s been a housekeeper at the hotel for about seven years, said having a union contract would bring better pay and stop management from treating workers “like we’re second class.” Read more