Wynn Resort, Lobbying Groups Sue to Stop Tip Pooling Initiative

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Wynn Las Vegas and several lobbying groups for
businesses that depend on tipped employees have filed a lawsuit to
block a union's attempt to roll back the Las Vegas Strip resort's pooled tip policy.

Documents filed in Carson City District Court ask a judge to throw out a petition aimed at creating a ballot initiative to amend state labor law and prohibit employers from requiring employees to share tips at their employers' direction.

The initiative has been proposed by the International Union of Gaming Employees through its "Committee to Prevent Employers from Seizing Tips."

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Wynn Las Vegas, the Nevada Restaurant Association, the Retail Association of Nevada, the Nevada Motor Transport Association, Nevada Manufacturers Association and the Nevada Tavern Association.

They say the proposed measure violates a state law requiring petitions to deal with a single subject -- and is so broad that it could apply to other industries.

The union needs to collect at least 58,628 signatures from supporters by Nov. 11 to put the issue before the 2009 Legislature or put it before voters.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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