A prominent service union successfully organized workers Monday at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas despite adamant opposition from management.
The hotel employees voted to join the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165. Both unions are affiliates of Unite Here. The luxury hotel is part of the Donald Trump business empire. The hotel and real estate mogul is currently running in the Republican presidential primary.
“A majority of workers at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas have voted ‘YES’ to be represented,” Local 226 says in a press release. “Over 500 employees of the hotel are in the union’s bargaining units and were eligible to vote.”
Unite Here is the largest labor union in Nevada representing hotel, food service, laundry and casino workers. As a prominent service union, it has a particular interest in Trump. The business mogul made his fortune in real estate and the hotel industry. Earlier in the year workers at the Trump International Hotel Toronto also voted to join the union.
The union will still need to propose and ratify a labor agreement. It may take some time for a newly unionized workplace to agree on a contract. The hotel, unions and workers will all be negotiating what they want in the agreement.
The victory comes despite adamant opposition from the hotel. Local 226 claims management violated worker labor rights several times. This included the unfair suspension of five employees in 2014 and restricting the right of workers to show union support in 2015. While fighting the hotel, the union has also spoken out against Trump for ignoring the plight of his workers. He announced his candidacy June 16.
The dispute has even gotten the attention of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. On Oct. 12 she attacked Trump while speaking at a union protest.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has also filed a complaint against the hotel. The complaint alleges management has used numerous tactics to interfere with workers’ federally protected rights to unionize. The complaint includes allegations of physical assault, verbal abuse, intimidation and threats.
The hotel empire has fought back against the unions. It filed a lawsuit Oct. 14 alleging the two locals knowingly lied in a flyer about Trump staying at a unionized hotel. The flyer was to show even Trump prefers hotels with unionized staff despite not letting his own workers organize.
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