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Culinary Workers Authorize Strike

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File photo: Union workers picket on the Las Vegas Strip outside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on June 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

File photo: Union workers picket on the Las Vegas Strip outside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on June 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Union members at several downtown Las Vegas casinos have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if bargaining doesn’t yield a new contract.

A statement from Culinary Union Local 226 says Thursday that more than 99 percent voted for the authorization.

Unionized casino workers at the downtown Binion’s, El Cortez, Four Queens, Fremont, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, Las Vegas Club, Las Vegas Plaza, Main Street Station and The D properties took part in the balloting.

Employees of the Margaritaville bar on the Strip and linen service workers from Brady Laundries in North Las Vegas also voted.

The union represents thousands of bartenders, food service workers, housekeepers, cooks, porters and others at casinos and properties downtown and on the Las Vegas Strip.

Leaders have been negotiating with casino owners since contracts expired last summer.

 

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