Governor Sisolak has our backs, we have his. Vote Sisolak for Governor!

Governor Sisolak got us our jobs back after the pandemic, $500 million for affordable homes, & supports limiting rent increases. Governor Sisolak has our backs. We have his. Vote Sisolak for Governor! Go to www.CulinaryUnion226.org/2022 to see the Culinary Union's endorsement guide. Paid for by UNITE HERE State and Local Fund – Nevada.

#WeVoteWeWin (2022)

Since July 2022, 250 Culinary Union canvassers have knocked on hundreds of thousands of doors statewide in Nevada and are on track to knock on 1 million doors - more than half of the Black and Latinx voters and more than a third of AAPI voters this cycle.  The political team, comprised of rank-and-file hospitality workers, is talking with tens of thousands of working families every day – from Reno and Sparks, to Eastside and Westside, and in North Las Vegas. Political canvassers reflect the Culinary Union’s diverse membership, which is majority women and people of color, who are committed to organizing and wining economic and racial justice. The Culinary Union has a 87-year history of fighting and winning for working families in Nevada and doing the militant organizing every day in order to transform the landscape that hospitality workers face, and we have a plan to win.  Join the Culinary Union political canvass program! We have a plan to fight for and win Neighborhood Stability and affordable housing, elect leaders who will advocate for issues that are important to union members and working families, and build power for workers ahead of the contract fight in 2023.   We vote. We win. For our families!

Culinary Union launches a ballot initiative campaign to win Neighborhood Stability in NLV

Culinary Union launches a ballot initiative campaign to win Neighborhood Stability in North Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV – The Culinary Union has launched a campaign to win Neighborhood Stability in North Las Vegas by working with North Las Vegas residents and community allies to advance a ballot initiative that would prevent rent increases in North Las Vegas from exceeding the cost of living. The Culinary Union will be gathering thousands of signatures in North Las Vegas to put a Neighborhood Stability Ordinance on the ballot for voters in North Las Vegas to vote on this November to enact. Supporters can go to www.NeighborhoodStability.org to learn more about the campaign, read stories of North Las Vegas homeowners and renters who support the campaign, read the proposed ordinance, and sign up to receive regular text/email updates.

WATCH IRS Commissioner get asked about our IRS Tip Allocation rate issue by Senator Cortez Masto

On March 2, 2022, our Democratic Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen sent a letter to the IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig urging him to consult with impacted hospitality workers, including the Culinary Union, to discuss what a fair tip allocation rate would be for tipped workers in Nevada. UPDATE: On April 7, 2022 during a Senate Finance Committee hearing, Senator Cortez Masto questioned the IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, who was there to testify on agency operations and budget request. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto requested that the IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig reconsider the agency’s decision and encouraged him to sit down with affected hospitality workers, labor unions and employers to discuss a fair TIP Allocation rate. The Culinary Union will continue to advocate, alongside gaming/hospitality companies, and elected representatives, to ensure hospitality workers have a fair TIP Allocation rate. -- El 2 de marzo de 2022, nuestras senadoras demócratas Catherine Cortez Masto y Jacky Rosen enviaron una carta al Comisionado del IRS, Charles Rettig, instándolo a realizar una consulta con los trabajadores hoteleros afectados, incluída la Unión Culinaria, para discutir cuál sería una tasa justa de asignación de propinas para los trabajadores que reciben propinas en Nevada. ACTUALIZACIÓN: El 7 de abril de 2022, durante una audiencia del Comité Senatorial de Finanzas, la Senadora Cortez Masto cuestionó al Comisionado del IRS, Charles Rettig, quien estaba allí para testificar sobre las operaciones de la agencia y la solicitud de presupuesto. La senadora Catherine Cortez Masto solicitó que el Comisionado del IRS, Charles Rettig, reconsiderara la decisión de la agencia y le recomendó a sentarse con los trabajadores hoteleros afectados, sindicatos y los empleadores para discutir una tasa justa de Asignación de Propinas. La Unión Culinaria seguirá abogando, junto con las compañías de juego/hotelería y representantes electos, para garantizar que los trabajadores de la industria hotelera tengan una tasa justa de Asignación de TIP.

76 workers filed lawsuit against Station Casinos alleging violations of SB386 “Right to Return” law

DCulinary Union announces that 76 hospitality workers have filed a mass action lawsuit against Station Casinos alleging multiple violations of the SB386 “Right to Return” law Las Vegas, NV – The Culinary Union announced today that 76 hospitality workers have filed a mass action lawsuit against their current and former employer, Station Casinos (case #: A-22-850394-C in the Eighth Judicial District Court in Clark County, Nevada), alleging violations of the “Nevada Hospitality and Travel Workers Right to Return Act” (SB386), which was passed by the Nevada Legislature May 26, 2021 and signed into law June 8, 2021 by Governor Steve Sisolak. These 76 plaintiffs had over 680 years of combined experience at Station Casinos before they were fired during the COVID-19 pandemic. SB386 ensures that Nevada’s casino, hospitality, stadium, and travel-related employees are able to return to their former positions. SB386 created a cause of action against employers who fail to abide by the process the law lays out for the orderly recall of hospitality workers to positions with their former employers for which they are qualified. The mass action complaint alleges that Station Casinos, Nevada’s third-largest private employer, which owns and operates nine casinos in Las Vegas, has operated in flagrant violation of its obligations as an employer and has not recalled hospitality workers back to work as mandated by SB386. 76 plaintiffs, a majority of whom are women and people of color, are seeking hiring and reinstatement, future and back pay, civil penalties, and compensatory damages/fees resulting from Station Casinos alleged violations of the SB386 law. “The Culinary Union supports Station Casinos workers as they pursue justice, fight to get their jobs back, and ensure the company follows the SB386 Right to Return law,” said Ted Pappageorge, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union. “Station Casinos’ actions during the pandemic towards their employees were egregious. After SB386 was passed and right before it went into effect, Station Casinos held job fairs to fill open positions with new workers instead of bringing back their former employees. Station Casinos, which fought enactment of the law every step of the way, isn’t following the law. They need to do the right thing - their current and former employees demand and deserve justice.” Details: https://www.culinaryunion226.org/news/press/culinary-union-announces-that-76-hospitality-workers-have-filed-a-mass-action-lawsuit-against-station-casinos

Frontier Strike 30th: Panel

Culinary Union to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Frontier Strike -- Las Vegas, NV - Culinary Union to host a celebration for the 30th anniversary of the Frontier Strike. Participants will watch a film “One Day Longer: The Story of the Frontier Strike” and listen to a panel of strikers and organizers who, 30 years ago, walked the 24/7 picket line and supported the historic and successful 6 year, 4 months, and 10 days Frontier Strike. WHY: The longest and most successful strike in the history of the United States, The Frontier Strike, began on September 21, 1991. Over 550 workers maintained a 24/7 picket line in this historic 24-hours-a-day, 7-days a week strike. Not one striker ever crossed the line. The Frontier Strike ended 6 years, 4 months, and 10 days later, on February 1, 1998, when Phil Ruffin bought the resort from owner Margaret Elardi. At the end of The Frontier Strike, all the strikers were able to return back to work. The Culinary Union negotiated that original workers be brought back to their jobs and workers were provided back pay and benefits. During the course of the strike, 17 strikers passed away and 107 children were born.

Culinary Union celebrates 86 years of fighting for working families in Nevada

Las Vegas, NV –  The Culinary Union, a UNITE HERE local affiliate, was chartered on November 1, 1935. 2021 marks the 86th anniversary of an organization that has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Nevada hospitality workers and their families with union wages and benefits. In nearly nine decades, the Culinary Union is 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 800,000 hospitality workers in 86 years through militant rank-and-file organizing and mass actions. Worker membership has risen from 18,000 in 1987 to 60,000 members today.   “Working families in Nevada are resilient because of the strength and sacrifices made by generations of Culinary Union members who come before us. In nearly nine decades, Nevada’s working families have seen many changes: From presidents and politicians, to casino buildings and corporations - our community is always evolving, and in spite of some incredible challenges, workers have built and maintained real power over 86 years,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union. “During the last 20 months, there is no other organization in Nevada that has done more to support working families during the pandemic than the Culinary Union. From fighting and winning extended health care benefits, keeping working families in their homes, providing essential food assistance daily, enforcing worker’s rights on-the-job, delivering Nevada for Biden/Harris and passing much-needed relief for Nevadans, ensuring workers are safe at work by passing the first and only-in-the-nation COVID worker safety law (SB4), and winning SB3866 in the Nevada Legislature so that hospitality workers have the Right to Return to their jobs as the economy recovers. “The Culinary Union is proud to have provided a comprehensive safety net for hospitality workers and their families at every step of the way throughout this entire crisis,” continued Geoconda Argüello-Kline. “Together we got through the hardest challenges our union and workers have faced in our lifetime and we know that if we remain united, we will come back stronger. We hold dear the 163 Culinary and Bartenders Union members and immediate family who passed away from COVID-19. May their memories be a blessing. As we remember the loved ones lost, the Culinary Union will carry on the work every day to make Nevada a place where working families continue to organize and win for our collective liberation.” The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest Latinx/Black/AAPI/immigrant organization with members who are originally from 178 countries and speak over 40 different languages. 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, bakers, bellmen, cooks, bartenders, laundry and kitchen workers.

Culinary Union Freedom Ride (2021)

On the 60th anniversary of the 1961 Freedom Rides from Washington D.C. through the South, the Culinary Union joined UNITE HERE and Black Voters Matter in the Freedom Ride for Voting Rights. 2 buses of hospitality workers departed from Las Vegas, Nevada on June 21st, 2021 and drove across the country to Washington, D.C. In order to protect the right to vote, Freedom Riders from the Culinary Union traveled for 6 days, participated in actions in 5 cities, passed through 8 states, and drove over 2,000 miles. YES WE CAN!

The Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride (2003)

The Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride crosses the US (2003) - 900 Freedom Riders from 50 nations. Buses start from 10 cities. 20,000 miles of high way on 9 different routes. 93 stops along the way. 350 visits to members of Congress. 120,000 rally at Flushing Meadows, New York.

Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride - Reverend James Lawson (2003)

Reverend James Lawson address the IWFR National Sponsoring Committee in Washington, DC on May 17, 2003.