Culinary Union OKs MGM Mirage Contract In Las Vegas

Las Vegas hotel and restaurant workers have ratified a five-year contract with casino giant MGM Mirage, ending five months of negotiations with a deal that appears to meet most of their union's public demands.

The contract was approved by members of Culinary Workers Union Local 226. It covers 21,000 housekeepers, servers, bartenders and cooks in MGM Mirage's ten Las Vegas hotel-casinos, including Bellagio, MGM Grand and The Mirage.

A union spokeswoman says rank and file union members
"overwhelmingly" approved the new deal which includes a cumulative wage and benefit increase of $3.47 over the next five years.

The contract also specifies a path to promotion and creates apprenticeship and mentoring programs, which the union said were among its priorities.

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