Culinary Union wins biggest pay raise in 88 years, averting strike at Wynn Resorts, MGM in Las Vegas

The deal with Wynn Resorts covers over 5,000 employees in 2 Las Vegas Wynn Resorts properties, while the contract with MGM Resorts International covers around 25,400 hospitality workers at 8 Vegas properties.

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After nearly 20 hours of negotiating, the Culinary and Bartender Union announced a tentative labor contract with Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International on Friday, less than 24 hours before the union’s strike deadline.

“With this new union contract, hospitality workers will be able to provide for their families and thrive in Las Vegas and we applaud Wynn Resorts for agreeing to a great union contract, which will ensure workers are protected with the best healthcare benefits, highest wage increases ever, and union job security,” Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge said in a statement about the deal that covers over 5,000 hospitality workers in 2 Las Vegas Wynn Resorts properties, Wynn and Encore.

Wynn spokesperson Michael Weaver said in a statement that the company is “very pleased that we were able to reach an agreement with Culinary Workers Union Local 226, which fulfills our shared goal of providing outstanding benefits and overall compensation to our employees in a work environment that is second to none.”

At the same time, the Culinary Union said that it has won the biggest wage increases ever negotiated in the union’s 88-year history in the tentative agreement with MGM Resorts International.

“After nearly 20 hours of negotiating, Culinary Union is pleased to announce a Tentative Agreement towards a new 5-year contract has been reached with MGM Resorts International for approximately 25,400 hospitality workers at 8 Vegas properties,” the Culinary Union wrote on X.

“After 7 months of negotiations, we are proud to say that this is the best contract and economic package we have ever won for in our 88-year history,” said Ted Pappageorge, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union. He added that the deal includes “significant raises every year for the next five years, preserves our great union health insurance, a union pension and comprehensive union benefits, while gaining historic improvements in housekeeping workload reductions,” as well as “ensuring the union and members can support non-union hospitality workers who seek to join our union.”

In a statement praising the tentative deal, President Biden said: “Las Vegas has a long union history and workers have been critical to the city’s growth and success. All workers – including hospitality workers – should have good jobs with fair pay and benefits that give them the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families.”