Workers at The Quad Resort & Hotel Choose Join the Bartenders Union Under a Card-Check Neutrality Agreement
LAS VEGAS – Through a fair process, hundreds of workers at Caesars Entertainment’s The Quad Resort & Hotel have joined the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartender Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, the hospitality workers union. They made their decision to unionize by signing union authorization cards under a card-check neutrality agreement between the company and the union.
“I’m so happy to become part of the union family on the Las Vegas Strip,” said Matthew Maze, a bartender at Catalyst Bar. “We have all been waiting for this for many years. I cannot wait to negotiate a contract so that we’ll have the same great benefits like other union workers on the Strip.”
A card check neutrality agreement has been the standard way for workers in Las Vegas’ gaming industry to decide whether to unionize for over two decades. It provides for a fair process whereby workers are free to decide if they want join the union while the employer remains neutral, neither promoting nor opposing unionization. Since 1989, more than 40,000 workers have joined the Culinary and Bartenders through this type of fair process. The workers at The Quad are the latest to do so.
“Workers at The Quad work as hard as any other workers at the many union resorts around them on the Strip. They deserve the same opportunity to provide for their families, the same fair working conditions and good benefits through a union contract like our other members,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, the Secretary-Treasurer of the Culinary Union. “We applaud Caesars Entertainment for respecting its workers at The Quad by allowing them to have a fair process to make this important decision for themselves.”
“We look forward to negotiating a mutually beneficial contract with the unions representing these workers at The Quad,” said Gary Thompson, spokesperson for Caesars Entertainment.
Last January, the Union and Caesars Entertainment signed a card-check neutrality agreement for workers at The Quad. On March 10, an independent third-party verified that an overwhelming majority of workers in the union’s bargaining unit have signed union authorization cards, so the company recognized the union as the collective bargaining unit.
Negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement covering the workers at The Quad will commence shortly.