Chartered June 15, 1934 and over 3,500 members strong, we are the Union for Bartenders and Apprentice Bartenders in the Las Vegas Metro area. For decades we have led the fight to win fair wages, solid benefits, and safe, dignified working conditions for Las Vegas’s hospitality workers. Our Union has a proud tradition of being on the front lines fighting for social change and economic justice.
Who We Are
UNITE HERE Local 165 members work in all of Las Vegas Metro hospitality industry. No matter where they work, our members take great pride in delivering quality and professional service.
Our union is diverse and democratic, and since its founding in 1934, our union has won respect for Bartenders and has given us a voice in the Greater Las Vegas area.
Our priorities are to negotiate great contracts for our members, empower workers to have a voice on the job and organize non-union workers.
Over the years, UNITE HERE Local 165 has fought hard for and won:
A Voice on the Job
Respect in the Workplace
Family Health Insurance Fully Paid by the Employer
A Pension to Retire with Dignity
ABOUT UNITE HERE
Local 165 is affiliated with UNITE HERE International Union.
State Of Nevada Rental Assistance Program
Free College Benefit
Update: Lawsuit & Fight For Our Lives
Helping Hand Food Assistance Program
August Tip Earners Workshop
The Culinary Union’s Housing Fund
The Culinary Union’s Housing Fund has partnered with Nevada Affordable Housing Assistance Corporation (NAHAC) to assist Nevadans with applying for mortgage assistance. Funds are going fast. Call (888) 320-6526 ASAP to get on the list to apply for funds.
The Unemployment Mortgage Assistance program is available to aid homeowners who have experienced a job loss due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
The goal of this program is to stabilize neighborhoods by helping prevent avoidable foreclosures and keep Nevada homeowners in their homes.
The Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program is available to qualified applicants.
Borrowers who have suffered a loss of income due to unemployment or underemployment can receive up to $3,000 per month to cover principal, interest, taxes, insurance, and as applicable, Homeowner’s Association dues, for three (3) months, to a maximum total assistance of $9,000.
IMPORTANT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR THE PROGRAM:
Not all applicants will be eligible for this program. They must meet the guidelines established by NAHAC and approved by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Program requirements include, but are not limited to the following:
️Borrowers cannot have liquid assets* in an amount greater than three months of mortgage payments (mortgage plus any non-escrowed property taxes, homeowner’s insurance and/or homeowners association assessments). *Note: Liquid assets are financial assets that can be sold or converted into cash, in a short amount of time, without a resulting substantial loss of value. *Liquid assets may include, but are not limited to checking accounts, certificates of deposit, money market accounts, savings accounts, stocks, Treasury bills, and government bonds. Pension and 401K assets are not considered to be liquid assets.
️ Borrowers must own and occupy the single family, 1-4 unit Nevada home as their primary residence.
️ Properties with more than two (2) mortgages are not eligible.
️ Borrowers must be legal U.S. residents or lawful permanent U.S. residents, and Nevada residents.
️ Borrowers cannot be in an active bankruptcy.
To apply, call (888) 320-6526.
WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER
A message from D. Taylor, President of UNITE HERE, to union staff, members and everyone working in the hospitality industry about the state of our union amid the COVID-19 crisis. His message?
Important News Related to Your Retirement Plan
CARES Act (COVID-19 Relief Bill)
Recently, the U. S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This document provides an overview of the retirement plan provisions in the CARES Act that could offer you financial relief.
How do you know if you qualify for this relief?
Relief is available to “qualified individuals,” meaning either:
You, your spouse or dependents have been diagnosed with coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19), or
You have experienced adverse financial consequences due to coronavirus, resulting from:
Being quarantined, furloughed or laid off.
Having work hours reduced.
Being unable to work due to lack of childcare.
Closing or reducing hours of a business you own or operate.
To allow qualified individuals to get needed financial help as quickly as possible, our retirement plan now allows the following temporary withdrawal and loan relief permitted by the CARES Act:
With over 90% of hospitality workers unemployed, Congress appropriated billions in emergency aid for hotels and casinos to protect the hospitality industry workforce.
Now, the hotels want to use that money to pay their banks instead of workers.
They want federal aid with fewer strings attached.
The Culinary Union has put together a resource guide that may be helpful to you and your family: https://www.culinaryunion226.org/COVID19.pdf
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having an unprecedented impact on the world, this country, Nevada, the hospitality industry, and working families. Casinos are closed and nearly 60,000 Culinary & Bartenders Union members are laid off. We know it is a scary time but the Culinary & Bartenders Unions have your back.
We want you to know that your job and healthcare benefits for you and your family are protected.
When casinos reopen, by contract, the companies must schedule available work by seniority. The Unions are negotiating for full-time, part-time, and on-call workers to get paid throughout the closure period.
Your health, safety, and security of you and your family is the number one priority. Together, we will get through this.
To receive text message updates from the Culinary & Bartenders Unions text “member” to 877-877.
Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer of Culinary Union
Ted Pappageorge, President of Culinary Union
Terry Greenwald, Secretary-Treasurer of Bartenders Union Local 165
Lana Loebig, President of Bartenders Union Local 165
Our friends at UFCW have updated their jobs page to make it easier for our members to find work in healthcare, grocery and retail, on the frontlines of the Coronavirus crisis. Employers are looking to fill positions immediately. Members can apply today and help keep our communities safe. Visit www.ufcwjobs.com and click on the “Are you a former UNITE HERE member?” banner at the top of the website to be directed to the dedicated UNITE HERE portal.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We have made the decision to temporarily close our office to the public, as we have several at risk employees. We apologize for the inconvenience, rest assured that we remain working some from the office and some from home. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your organizer directly by phone or by e-mail. Below is a list for your convenience.
Main Office 702-384-7774 ext 22
Terry Greenwald email@example.com 702-384-7774 ext 26
Lana Loebig firstname.lastname@example.org 702-384-7774 ext 24
Geoff Thomas email@example.com 702-384-7774 ext 29
Virginia Velasquez firstname.lastname@example.org 702-384-7774 ext 30
Mike Cianci email@example.com 702-384-7774 ext 23
Joe Cano firstname.lastname@example.org 702-384-7774 ext 28
Mike Contorelli email@example.com 702-384-7774 ext 27
Rory Martinez firstname.lastname@example.org 702-384-7774 ext 31
Marge McBride email@example.com 702-384-7774 ext 25
Terry Greenwald, Secretary Treasurer
Lana Loebig, President
Palms Casino and Green Valley Ranch Resort charged with violating federal law as Station Casinos continues to flout government’s certification of union election results
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, DC has denied Station Casinos’ legal challenges to recent union election victories at both Palms Casino and Green Valley Ranch Resort. The Regional Director for the NLRB office covering Las Vegas has now issued legal complaints against both properties alleging that their refusal to bargain is illegal.
The NLRB complaint against the Palms dated August 15, 2018 alleges: “Respondent has been failing and refusing to bargain collectively and in good faith with the exclusive collective-bargaining representative of its employees…”
Workers at both the Palms and Green Valley Ranch voted by overwhelming margins in favor of unionizing in April 2018 and November 2017 respectively. But instead of recognizing these results, Station Casinos has tried to overturn the elections through a series of unsuccessful legal challenges.
Station Casinos’ challenges have been rejected twice now by unanimous three-member panels of the NLRB, and in each case, a majority of the panel were made up of appointees of the Trump Administration. Station Casinos’ legal challenge at the Palms was rebuffed by a one-line dismissal by the NLRB stating that it “raises no substantial issues warranting review.”
“The company lied to us,” said Eduardo Truebas Martinez, a cook at the Palms A.Y.C.E. Buffet. “Station Casinos always said that if we held a union election that they would respect our votes. We voted to unionize because we want the same standard as Strip workers – fair wages, job security, good health benefits. It’s time for the company to do the right thing and negotiate.”
The Culinary and Bartenders Unions calls on Station Casinos, Nevada’s third largest private employer, to begin contract negotiations immediately.
“Station Casinos is defying federal law as it continues to refuse to negotiate in good faith,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union. “Any unilateral changes pertaining to workers and their workplace conditions are illegal at the Palms and Green Valley Ranch unless explicitly bargained with the Culinary and Bartenders Unions.”
TRUMP’S LACK OF COURAGE SHOWS NO LEADERSHIP LEAVING THE FATE OF DACA IN THE HANDS OF A DYSFUNCTIONAL CONGRESS
DACA is a Program that allows young immigrants who came to the United States with their parents illegally to stay in the Country under the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act without fear of deportation. Now DACA stands a chance of being discontinued by Trump wanting to end by phasing out this program over the next six (6) months.
Under DACA, there are approximately 800,000 immigrants who have received work authorizations, including many hospitality workers and their families. This could result in hospitality industry workers from working lawfully thus forcing them to work illegally.
Congress is now forced to make a decision of the livelihoods of these immigrants, who contribute to the American economy, live productive and meaningful lives, and attain education and employment, lose their most basic rights to live in a country they were brought to as children. The Bartenders Union as well as UNITE HERE and its Affiliates condemn terminating DACA. We will lobby our congressional members as well as actively take to the streets across the country with our workers in every state in the nation to advocate to Congress to save DACA.