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Trump Hotel Fights Unions And Feds Over Alleged Labor Complaints

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A Las Vegas-based union applauded federal labor officials Wednesday for adding to its list of workplace complaints against Trump International Hotel Las Vegas.

The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165 have fought to unionize the Trump Las Vegas hotel. Hotel workers voted to unionize Dec. 7, but management has refused to recognize the vote despite federal pressure. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has now added more complaints to its list of accusations against the hotel, which it alleges has illegally tried to silence union supporters.

“Trump’s company has driven an aggressive anti-union campaign since workers began organizing at the Trump Las Vegas in 2014,” Local 226 said in a statement. “The complaint issued this week is the third one brought by federal government against Trump Las Vegas alleging unfair labor practices.”

The hotel filed an objection Dec. 15 against the election. The NLRB previously filed complaints against the hotel that includes allegations of physical assault, verbal abuse, intimidation and threats to silence union supporters. Its latest charges allege that the company unlawfully terminated one employee and discriminated against another for supporting the union.

“Despite these obstacles to a free and fair union election, a majority of workers at the Trump Las Vegas voted to unionize,” the union continued. “Federal officer issued a detailed report calling for the union to be certified and the hotel’s objections to be ‘overruled in their entirety.’ The hotel is appealing the recommendation.”

Both local unions are affiliates of Unite Here, which 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. Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto voted last year to join the union as well.

The AFL-CIO declared Trump its loser of the week Feb. 22 over the Las Vegas labor dispute and again Feb. 29 for saying he likes right-to-work.

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

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