Caesars, Culinary reach contract agreement ahead of strike deadline

8 November 2023

Caesars Entertainment and Culinary Workers Local 226 reached a tentative five-year agreement Wednesday morning after nearly 20 hours of negotiations and days away from a threatened strike against major Strip resorts.

The union, which had set a strike deadline for Friday, announced the deal in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, at 5:43 a.m. 

Culinary has scheduled contract talks with MGM Resorts International on Wednesday and Wynn Resorts on Thursday to avert strikes at resorts operated by the companies. 

The agreement with Caesars covers roughly 10,000 non-gaming workers at the company’s nine Strip properties — Caesars Forum Convention Center, Caesars Palace, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Horseshoe Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood, The Cromwell and The Linq.

It’s unclear when union employees will formally vote on the agreement, which comes ahead of this weekend’s Veteran’s Day holiday and the Nov. 16-18 Formula One Las Vegas Grand Prix.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but in comments Tuesday, Culinary Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge said the union and Caesars had agreed on a salary increase but were hammering out final details. 

“Based on [Caesars’] proposals, this would be the best contract we’ve ever had in our history,” Pappageorge said. “We’re expecting a record contract. We’re expecting that for the hard work that these workers have put in to bring these companies back from the pandemic, they are going to be able to share in that prosperity.”

The story will be updated.

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