Union: casino workers reach tentative deal with Caesars

A strike that threatened to cripple Las Vegas’ world-famous resorts may have been averted.

According to a tweet posted Friday morning by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226, a tentative agreement has been reached that would cover about a quarter of the 50,000 hotel and casino workers who had threatened to walk off the job for the first time in more than three decades.

The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 said in a tweet Friday that the new five-year deal covers about 12,000 workers at nine casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Tens of thousands of bartenders, housekeepers, bellmen and other unionized workers at 34 casino-hotels on the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas have sought a new, five-year contract since February.

The current contracts expired at midnight.

Ninety-nine percent of about 25,000 workers voted last week to authorize a strike after the contracts lapsed.

The union last voted for a strike in 2002 but reached an accord before employees walked out. 

The last strike, in 1984, lasted nearly 70 days and cost the city and workers tens of millions of dollars.

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