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Trump Las Vegas Hotel Files Objection Against Union Vote

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Trump International Hotel Las Vegas filed an objection Tuesday against a recent union election which organized roughly 500 of its workers.

The hotel employees voted Dec. 7 to join two Unite Here local unions. Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165 were able to organize the workers despite adamant opposition from hotel management. Union leadership notes it is not surprised the hotel is rejecting the vote.

“We are not surprised that Trump Las Vegas management have filed objections to the outcome of a free and fair union representation election won by their workers who want a union,” Local 226 Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Arguello-Kline said in a statement. “Trump Hotel Las Vegas managers have been accused by the federal government of violating labor laws.”

Unite Here represents hotel, food service, laundry and casino workers across the country. It has had a particular interest in Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his business empire. The business mogul made his fortune in real estate and the hotel industry which employs many different types of service workers.

Earlier in the year, workers at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto also voted to join the union. The union still needs to propose and ratify a labor agreement, and it may take some time for a newly unionized workplace with opposed management to agree on a contract.

Allegations that management violated worker labor rights has remained a central issue throughout the dispute. Local 226 has accused the hotel of unfair suspension of five employees in 2014 and restricting the right of workers to show union support in 2015. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has also filed a complaint against the hotel. The complaint includes allegations of physical assault, verbal abuse, intimidation and threats.

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 hotel empire, though, 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.
Hotel management did not respond to a request for comment by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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