Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas Reaches Tentative Deal With Unions (1)

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By Jaclyn Diaz

Two down, 13 to go. The Plaza Hotel and Casino is the latest Las Vegas employer to reach a tentative deal with two unions that represent more than 300 of its workers.

The Plaza is the second in a group of 15 independent hotels in the city to reach a five-year deal with two UNITE HERE affiliates. The ratification vote will likely be scheduled in the next week or two, Bethany Khan, the spokeswoman for Culinary Union Local 226, said.

The deal includes the same provisions and language as the contracts ratified at more than a dozen hotels owned and operated by MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp. in June. It establishes strong protections against sexual harassment of workers, includes a policy that involves the union in workplace automation technology, and provides protections on health-care and pensions, Khan said.

The company is pleased to have reached a contract with the union, CEO Jonathan Jossel said in a statement.

The two locals reached a deal June 27 with the Stratosphere hotel, casino, and tower. Negotiations continue with 13 other hotels, which together employ more than 8,000 workers. Contracts for these hotels have already expired.

These deals are part of a larger set of negotiations that has continued for weeks in Las Vegas hotels and casinos, which employ more than 50,000 workers in the downtown area and on the Strip. A citywide strike of the workers was averted at the end of May as negotiations continued.

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