The International Union of Operations Engineers held a rally for the Resorts World Las Vegas contract


About 100 members of the International Union of Operations Engineers Local 501 rallied outside Resorts World Las Vegas on Friday to draw attention to alleged unfair labor practices by resort managers.

A union spokeswoman said activists “wanted the company to commit to what they had agreed”.

The hour-long rally also drew several elected officials from Nevada.

Speakers included Assemblywomen Susan Martinez, Selena Torres and Cecelia González who addressed concerns about Resorts World’s actions.

Union officials say 3,000 union jobs were promised by Genting Group, operator of Resorts World, when the resort opened nearly a year ago in June.

The IUOE began organizing efforts for more than 100 facility maintenance workers and play equipment technicians in October and called for a union representation vote. But union officials allege Resorts World management tried to discourage union organizing efforts and hired a “union-busting” third party to prevent a vote.

In April, the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board filed a lawsuit against Resorts World, saying the company’s management had committed violations of federal labor laws during the campaign, including surveillance and intimidation workers, as well as threats against unionized workers and promises to those defying a vote.

Thirteen state senators and Assembly Representatives wrote a letter dated Friday to Resorts Global President Scott Sibella encouraging business leaders to recognize the union.

“As Nevada state legislators, we stand in solidarity with Resorts World facilities and gaming technology workers,” the letter reads. “Across Nevada, unions have improved the quality of life for our families by increasing wages, benefits, and improving working conditions. For several months, Resorts World workers have been trying to negotiate in good faith with the company. It is imperative that Resorts World do the right thing and recognize the value of gaming technology facilities and workers.

In an unattributed email response, Resorts World said the company followed the union selection process.

“This week alone, we announced a negotiated settlement with the Culinary and Bartenders Unions that demonstrates our respect for the union process and the decision of our team members,” the statement read.

“We respected the process and acted in good faith with the IUOE. We support the right of our team members to vote in a secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board,” it said. he said “Team members voted in an IUOE election and elected not to choose IUOE as their representative. A second vote was taken for a larger group of members of team, but the IUOE has instead asked the NLRB to block the vote count. We do not believe it is appropriate to take any further action until the votes of our team members are cleared to be counted and their voices heard.

Earlier in the week, the Culinary Union announced that it had reached a three-year contractual agreement with Resorts World which is due to take effect on Wednesday. The culinary contract, ratified May 20, represents 2,000 room attendants, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellboys, cooks, bartenders, launderers and kitchen workers at Resorts World.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at [email protected] or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.


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