Culinary Union calls for 48-hour strike at Virgin Hotel Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — For the first time in over 22 years, the Culinary Union has called for a 48-hour strike of a Las Vegas hotel.

Hospitality workers at Virgin Hotel Las Vegas are set to strike beginning Friday, May 10 at 5 a.m. and will last until Sunday, May, 12 at 4:59 a.m.

The strike will involve over 700 hospitality workers, marking a historic first for the property, as it has never been subject to a Culinary Union strike. There will be 24/7 picket lines around the property during the strike.

Main table negotiations with Virgin are scheduled for Tuesday, May 14.

The Culinary Union said it called for the strike at Virgin Las Vegas as workers continue to push to win a new 5-year union contract.

In 2023, the Culinary Union voted to authorize a citywide strike. Contracts for over 50,000 workers have since been settled, winning the “best contract ever,” the union said.

The Virgin Las Vegas is the last property in contract negotiations with the Culinary Union. The Virgin Las Vegas contract expired on June 1, 2023, and the extension was terminated.

The strike will impact all major areas of operations at Virgin Las Vegas including housekeeping, food and beverage departments, and the following unionized restaurants:

  • Casa Calavera

  • Funny Library Coffee Shop

  • Juice Bar

  • The Bar at Commons Club

  • The Kitchen at Commons Club

  • The Shag Room

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas announced Wednesday evening that it has decided to take legal action and filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board. The full statement reads:

“Virgin Hotels Las Vegas values the hard work and dedication of our team members, and our commitment to our team members is reflected in our ongoing work to reach a mutually beneficial agreement for all parties. Despite our sincere efforts to meet and negotiate, we have been unable to reach a satisfactory agreement with the Culinary Workers Union 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165.  Based on our discussions and the Union’s actions to date, we do not believe the Union is negotiating in good faith.  For this reason, we have moved to take legal action and we have filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board. 

The Union has informed us it intends to commence a 48-hour strike on Friday, May 10th – a strike which we do not believe is in anyone’s best interest.  Because the Union has not told us what agreements it believes are necessary to avoid a strike, we have asked the Union to join us in mediation as soon as possible. The goal of mediation is to reach an agreement without disrupting our guests and our team members’ lives with a work stoppage. 

Our commitment to providing exceptional service remains unwavering, and we continue to work towards a swift resolution that benefits both our team members and our guests.  If a strike begins on Friday, we intend to take all lawful steps necessary to continue operating and providing exceptional guest service.”

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