STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline regarding the sale of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas:



Monday, September 27, 2021


Bethany Khan: ▪ (702) 387-7088  

STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline regarding the sale of the Cosmopolitan: 

The Culinary and Bartenders Unions have been the bargaining representative for 2,000 unionized workers at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas ever since a union contract was negotiated in December 2015. 

Union workers at the Cosmopolitan are protected by a strong union contract, which ensures that workers are retained and their jobs are protected, even if owners or operators change.

Culinary Union contracts include innovative successorship language which mandates that a union contract is in place so that workers have job security, fair wages, the best health benefits, and many more union benefits, regardless if the property is ever sold.  

Culinary Union looks forward to continue working with MGM Resorts to ensure hospitality workers are protected and the contract is followed. 


Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, represent 60,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, including at most of the casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. UNITE HERE represents 300,000 workers in gaming, hotel, and food service industries in North America.  

The Culinary Union, through the Culinary Health Fund, is one of the largest healthcare consumers in the state. The Culinary Health Fund is sponsored by the Culinary Union and Las Vegas-area employers. It provides health insurance coverage for over 145,000 Nevadans, the Culinary Union’s members and their dependents.  

The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest Latinx/Black/AAPI/immigrant organization with members who come from 178 countries and speak over 40 different languages. We are proud to have helped over 18,000 immigrants become American citizens and new voters since 2001 through our affiliate, The Citizenship Project.  

The Culinary Union has a diverse membership which is 55% women and 45% immigrants. The demographics of Culinary Union members are approximately: 54% Latinx, 18% white, 15% Asian, 12% Black, and less than 1% Indigenous Peoples. 

Culinary Union members work as: Guest room attendants, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, bartenders, laundry and kitchen workers. The Culinary Union has been fighting for working families in Nevada for 86 years. / @Culinary226 


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