Las Vegas Union, Hotel Laundry Service Near Strike Deadline

A deadline for a new union contract with a big laundry service is looming, with clean sheets and towels for Las Vegas hotel guests at stake.

Culinary Union Local 226 set the deadline last week amid stalled talks on a union health care with Mission Industries.

The company has been trying to renegotiate customer contracts to help pay for a health plan it says costs more than twice the current amount.

It says it intends to continue all its services if workers strike.

Nearly 50 hotel-casinos rely on the company's six local plants for sheets, pillow covers, towels and other services.

The union has spent a week preparing for what could be the first strike since workers walked out for eight days at the downtown Golden Gate in July 2002.