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By Jaclyn Diaz
Palace Station hotel and casino in Las Vegas agreed to recognize its workers’ union as part of its settlement of an unfair labor practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board March 14.
Station Casinos LLC, the parent company of the hotel, sought to avoid “lengthy” NLRB proceedings, the company said in a statement to Bloomberg BNA March 15.
“Rather than engage in lengthy, disruptive and distracting proceedings, the company has decided that it would be in its best interests to proceed with negotiations with the union as the collective bargaining representative at Palace Station for the eligible bargaining unit team members at that property,” Station Casinos said.
Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 expect to begin collective bargaining with the casino soon, the unions said in a statement March 14. The unions will bargain jointly with Station Casinos.
The unions, affiliates of UNITE HERE, held an election in October to represent the 600 Palace Station employees and lost by four votes, 266-262.
The unions filed objections with the NLRB later that month. They alleged Station Casinos promised benefits to workers at the hotel ahead of the union vote and pleaded with workers to cooperate with management to improve conditions without a union.
The company didn’t respond to Bloomberg BNA’s request for comment on whether there was merit behind the union’s allegations.
“We commend the Palace Station workers for their courage and resilience in the face of the company’s massive anti-union campaign,” Geoconda Arguello-Kline, secretary-treasurer for the Culinary Workers, said in the unions’ statement. “We look forward to starting contract negotiations so that workers can have fair wages, job security, and good health benefits.”
The Palace Station property joins sister Las Vegas property Boulder Station Casino, where 570 workers are also represented by the Culinary Workers. The union is still in negotiations at Boulder Station.
To contact the reporter on this story: Jaclyn Diaz in Washington at jDiaz@bna.com
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