Immigration Champion Award: Bishop Pepe

The Immigration Champion award was presented to Bishop Pepe for his support of the work of CLINIC, and for his own advocacy and pastoral efforts on behalf of immigrants. Particularly in Nevada, this work often involves collaboration with and on behalf of the members of the UNITE HERE and Culinary Union. Grounded in Catholic social teaching, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., is the largest network of community-based nonprofit immigration legal programs, with nearly 330 affiliates in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Much of Bishop Pepe’s everyday work involves caring for and working to protect the many immigrants in the Diocese of Las Vegas (20 percent of Nevadans are immigrants). As head of the diocese since 2001, Bishop Pepe has testified in support of immigrants, joined in public celebrations of their contributions and urged Catholics in a plea at Masses to pray, write and phone elected representatives, urging support for a then-pending immigration reform bill. Last fall, Bishop Pepe celebrated a special Mass for immigrants, refugees and workers, attended by hundreds of Las Vegas workers and union members of all faiths. D. Taylor, president of UNITE HERE serves on CLINIC’s Board of Directors, and UNITE HERE has partnered with CLINIC on a number of projects. CLINIC has helped thousands of workers to apply for citizenship and has worked with dozens of UNITE HERE local affiliates across the country to prepare. CLINIC, UNITE HERE, and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Las Vegas have partnered to conduct workshops that helped thousands of union members, their families and neighbors become citizens. More info: http://www.culinaryunion226.org/news/press/unite-here-culinary-union-honor-the-catholic-legal-immigration-network-inc-and-bishop-pepes-advocacy-for-immigrants

Strike Vote: 5/22 Billboard

Strike Vote: 5/22 Mobile Billboard Trucks

ARCHIVES: 2002 Strike Vote

Archived news clips: On May 16, 2002, 25,000 casino and hotel workers came together at the Thomas and Mack and voted on whether to approve a strike with major employers on the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas. An overwhelming majority of workers voted “YES” to authorize a strike. The next day, major Las Vegas employers settled contracts with the Culinary Union, avoiding a major citywide strike. The new Union contracts included new language to ensure that over 11,000 housekeepers had safer workloads, better working conditions, and strong health benefits for all workers. VICTORY! YES WE DID!

Walkthrough: Culinary Academy of Las Vegas

The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas provides free hospitality training to current qualified workers, as part of their union benefits, at participating properties. Flexible scheduling enables people to complete the training while working, refreshing and upgrading their skills to advance in their careers. The 12 classes are: baker’s helper, bar apprentice, bar porter, bus person, food server, fountain worker, guest room attendant, house person utility, professional cook, sommelier, steward, and wine server. As a labor-management trust, the nonprofit Culinary Academy has invaluable partnerships with the Culinary Union 226, Bartenders Union 165, and 28 premiere properties on the Las Vegas Strip. Location: 710 West Lake Mead Blvd Las Vegas, Nevada Phone: (702) 924-2100 Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm More online: http://www.TheCulinaryAcademy.org

Vegas Travel Alert

The Culinary and Bartenders Unions has begun contract negotiations for 50,000 workers on the Las Vegas Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. The deadline to complete negotiations is midnight on Friday, June 1, 2018. Negotiations between the unions and the casino resorts are closed sessions, but periodically there will be media availability with workers. The Unions will be negotiating a host of proposals including: protecting pension and health benefits, good wage increases that reflect increased industry profits, language regarding increased technology and the effects automation has on jobs and workers, strong protections for worker safety including safety buttons and language protecting against sexual harassment and gender discrimination, and proposals for non-union restaurant and arena workers to become union. The Culinary and Bartenders Unions are encouraging Nevada locals, elected officials, political candidates, and tourists to support workers by patronizing hotels and casinos not under a labor dispute. The Culinary Union, Nevada’s largest union, has launched www.VegasTravelAlert.org, a website intended as a service for meeting and convention planners and all other travelers who need to know whether labor disputes could affect their plans in Las Vegas. The website will be updated with information about actual and potential labor disputes affecting Las Vegas casinos. Visitors to the site may sign up for email updates as well as find strategies to protect their event or travel plans from the possibility of being impacted by labor disputes.

Vegas Travel Alert

The Culinary and Bartenders Unions has begun contract negotiations for 50,000 workers on the Las Vegas Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. The deadline to complete negotiations is midnight on Friday, June 1, 2018. Negotiations between the unions and the casino resorts are closed sessions, but periodically there will be media availability with workers. The Unions will be negotiating a host of proposals including: protecting pension and health benefits, good wage increases that reflect increased industry profits, language regarding increased technology and the effects automation has on jobs and workers, strong protections for worker safety including safety buttons and language protecting against sexual harassment and gender discrimination, and proposals for non-union restaurant and arena workers to become union. The Culinary and Bartenders Unions are encouraging Nevada locals, elected officials, political candidates, and tourists to support workers by patronizing hotels and casinos not under a labor dispute. The Culinary Union, Nevada’s largest union, has launched www.VegasTravelAlert.org, a website intended as a service for meeting and convention planners and all other travelers who need to know whether labor disputes could affect their plans in Las Vegas. The website will be updated with information about actual and potential labor disputes affecting Las Vegas casinos. Visitors to the site may sign up for email updates as well as find strategies to protect their event or travel plans from the possibility of being impacted by labor disputes.

Culinary Union: We Fight. We Win!

The Culinary Union was chartered on November 1, 1935 and 2018 marked the 83rd anniversary of the organization that has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Nevada hospitality workers and their families with middle-class union wages and good benefits. In eight decades, the Culinary Union has become an essential economic institution and a strong political force in the Battle Born State. The Culinary Union has won a middle-class standard of living for over 753,000 hospitality workers in the Union’s 83 years through rank-and-file organizing and mass actions. Its membership has risen from 18,000 in 1987 to approximately 57,000 members today. “We are incredibly proud of members, whose hard work and sacrifices over the years has made Las Vegas a strong union town,” said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union. “Nevada is a place where working men and women have a real opportunity to provide for their families and achieve the American Dream. When the workers who make Las Vegas run have good jobs with fair wages, job security, and good health benefits, the entire community benefits.” The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest immigrant organization with members who come from 173 countries (out of a total 195!) and speak over 40 different languages. Its diverse membership -- approximately 55% women and 54% Latino / 18% White / 15% Asian & Pacific Islander / 11% Black — consists of guest room attendants, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, and kitchen workers. More history: http://www.culinaryunion226.org/union/history

Who does Adam Laxalt work for?

Culinary Union member and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holder Francis was 19-years-old when Hurricane Mitch destroyed Honduras in 1998. She came to USA for a new chance for life, but now she and her family are at risk. 6,300 Nevadans who have TPS are at risk. They work hard, pay taxes, contribute into USA social security benefits, and provide for their families. Francis works hard everyday to provide for her family as a guest room attendant at the MGM Grand Las Vegas​ and wants Attorney General Adam Laxalt​ to protect her and her family. Will he? Who does Adam Laxalt work for?

Protect TPS

UNITE HERE’s Culinary Union urges Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Senator Dean Heller, and the Trump Administration to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to individuals from 10 TPS-designated countries which include El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. There are over 320,000 TPS holders who live and work in the United States from 10 countries with deadlines set to expire at the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018. With a decision for Central American and Haitian TPS renewals expected in November, the Culinary Union is fighting to save TPS and keep immigrant workers in the USA and working legally. “Approximately 5,700 immigrants with TPS designations call Nevada home and have lived in the United States for nearly 10 years. They pay taxes, raise their children who are U.S. citizens, and contribute to our economy,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union – Nevada’s largest immigrant organization. “If TPS were to expire, it would criminalize thousands of current legal workers in major cities and industries overnight. We call on Republicans to renew TPS and not separate and destroy families who have deep roots in the United States.”