Casino Workers Cast Strike Votes

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Union members are voting on whether to authorize a strike if ongoing bargaining doesn't yield a new contract with 10 downtown Las Vegas casinos, a bar and a laundry service.

Several thousand Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members are expected to cast ballots. Union spokeswoman Bethany Khan said results are possible late Thursday evening.

Khan said more than 5,000 members are eligible to vote. Balloting is scheduled in two shifts, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the East Las Vegas Community Center.

Members last month voted to end a contract extension approved last June, clearing the way for strike and picket actions. Members previously approved a dues increase to cushion the financial blow of a walkout if one occurs.

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