No Dice: Union Plans Casino Strike in Vegas

PHOTO: The Culinary and Bartenders Unions are planning to strike at seven casinos in Las Vegas.Getty Images
The Culinary and Bartenders unions are preparing for a strike at seven casinos in Las Vegas.

Travelers heading to Las Vegas casinos next week might find themselves confronting angry picketers who say they've been dealt a bad hand.

The Culinary and Bartenders unions are planning to strike at seven casinos in Sin City beginning at 5 a.m. Sunday, unless an agreement is reached beforehand, representatives told ABC News.

"We will have large picket lines at every unsettled property and in front of nearly all entrances," union spokeswoman Bethany Khan said, estimating that more than 2,000 workers would be participating.

"We will be handing out fliers informing tourists of the labor dispute and the strike. We will also be asking tourists, locals and visitors to respect strike picket lines and not cross them."

Restaurant workers, hotel housekeepers, cocktail servers, bartenders, and other members of the unions will walk off their jobs at the seven casinos - The D, Four Queens, Binion’s, Plaza, Las Vegas Club, El Cortez and Golden Gate - in response to their contracts being terminated. Group representatives say they deserve "to earn a decent living under a fair contract."

The unions, which represent more than 55,000 workers, recently reached new five-year contracts with MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp. that would keep employees' health care costs from increasing, offer flexible scheduling and potentially bring back workers laid off from shuttered restaurants.

“We are the people who clean the rooms, cook the food, serve the drinks and provide the quality service that has made the tourism industry flourish in Las Vegas,” Patricia Montes, a housekeeper at the Four Queens, said in a statement. “We are the backbone of Downtown Las Vegas."

Two previously targeted casinos, Fremont and Main Street Station, began negotiations with the union earlier this week and have since been removed from the list.

But seven others remain for now.

"We will strike 24/7 until a settlement is reached and workers have a fair contract," Khan said.

The union's most notable strike occurred in 1991 at the Frontier casino and lasted more than six years.