We are once again facing the threat of a Las Vegas strike involving culinary and hospitality workers, and this time it could affect the Super Bowl.
Over 8,000 workers at 20 resorts have set a date to walk off their jobs, which could leave a shortage of bartenders, waiters, porters, and house cleaning staff.
Didn’t we just have a Las Vegas strike? Well, sort of. There was the threat of a strike just before the big Formula 1 race back in November, but a last minute deal was able to avert a possible logistical disaster. This time the threat of a strike is just before the Super Bowl, so we have a couple of weeks to work all this out. Don’t get us wrong: The possibility of a Vegas strike is quite real. In fact, the Union has already set a date of February 2nd for their 8,000 workers to walk out. And their Secretary recently stated that he believes there will be a strike and calling it “unfortunate”.
However, let’s remember that this is all a game of manipulation. The Union and casinos are both aware of the timeline leading up to the Super Bowl at Allegiant Stadium on 11 February. They worked out a last minute deal before the Las Vegas Grand Prix, and there have already been signs of things working out this time as well. In fact, the Union has already agreement reached an agreement with one of the properties involved: the Waldorf Astoria. That resort was able to work out their contracts with the Union, but that only accounts for 300 of the 8,000 workers.
If there is a Vegas strike before the big game, it will affect Circus Circus Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, Rio Hotel & Casino, SAHARA Las Vegas, The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod, Treasure Island, Binion's Gambling Hall, Circa Resort & Casino, Downtown Grand Las Vegas, Four Queens Hotel and Casino, Fremont Hotel & Casino, Golden Nugget - Las Vegas, The D Las Vegas, Plaza Hotel and Casino, Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, El Cortez Hotel & Casino, Main Street Station Casino Brewery and Hotel, and many more.