Las Vegas Union Claims $11K Victory Over Trump Hotels

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A Las Vegas service union is claiming to have settled a wage violation case Thursday against a hotel owned by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Trump International Hotel Las Vegas has faced union unrest for a slew of alleged labor law violations. The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165 have led the fight against the hotel while also trying to unionize it. Local 226 announced a $11,200 settlement for two workers who claimed to have been underpaid.

“Donald Trump says he wants to make ‘Make America Great Again,’ but at his hotel, employees are treated unfairly and they are paid $3.00 less per hour than union workers across the street,” Local 165 Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Arguello-Kline said in a statement. “While we were eager to go to trial to prove that Donald Trump’s hotel broke the law, this settlement is a great victory.”

The labor unions have also held numerous protests against the hotel for its alleged labor violations and refusal to let employees unionize. Workers voted to unionize Dec. 7, but management has yet to recognize the vote despite federal pressure. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) region director even ruled the election was valid and management must recognize the union.

Hotel management has fought the unionization campaign and challenged the vote on the grounds the unions misled workers. The hotel filed a lawsuit Oct. 14 alleging the two locals knowingly lied in a flyer about Trump staying at a unionized hotel.

The hotel has also been accused of trying to illegal silence workers who supported the unions. The NLRB has filed complaints against the hotel that includes allegations of physical assault, verbal abuse, intimidation and threats to silence union supporters. 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 Las Vegas dispute has since added fuel to unions oppose Trump and his bid for the White House. 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. Several labor unions have joined forces to oppose him the the grassroots level as well.

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

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