Two potential strikes in Las Vegas that threatened to disrupt the Super Bowl LVIII festivities on Sunday have been avoided after successful last-minute negotiations. The strikes involved the Culinary Union and local bus drivers, with both reaching tentative agreements in recent days.
The Culinary Union had threatened to strike on Monday morning but reached a five-year tentative contract with the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, leading to the union calling off the planned walkout. However, the deal still needs to be ratified by around 200 hospitality workers. Similarly, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino also reached a tentative contract with the Culinary Union over the weekend.
Negotiations are ongoing with Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, the last local property without a contract for its hospitality workers. The Culinary Union secretary-treasurer, Ted Pappageorge, stated that negotiations are progressing, and a resolution on a new contract is expected in the coming weeks.
In recent months, the Culinary Union has reached what it considers historic agreements with several other Las Vegas properties and casino companies. Pappageorge emphasized the tough negotiations and hard work that went into securing these deals, which include significant wage increases and other benefits for workers.
In addition to the hospitality workers, local bus drivers and bus mechanics also threatened to strike before the Super Bowl. Negotiations between Transdev, which operates the public bus service for the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada, and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1637 have been ongoing for months. A tentative agreement has been reached, but it still needs approval from the union members.
If the RTC drivers had gone ahead with the strike, it could have caused chaos for the estimated 330,000 visitors expected for the Super Bowl at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium. The potential strikes were averted, ensuring that the city’s main event and related festivities can go ahead without disruption.