March 23, 2016

Hundreds of workers marched on Friday, March 18 in front of the Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas  which is owned by private equity firms TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners.

The protest drew media attention, including the Las Vegas Sun, which reported, “This was the first Culinary Workers Union 226 picket at the Palms, organizers said. It is seeking a process that lets employees decide on whether to unionize, without interference from resort management.”

Workers at the Palms have been seeking a fair process to choose whether to unionize since June 2015.

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The Sun reported, “Union secretary-treasurer Geoconda Arguello-Kline addressed the Palms. ‘They need to know who we are,’ she said. ‘We’re the working people in Las Vegas; we built Las Vegas; we made Las Vegas; we make the customers come back to Las Vegas; we make them money every day.’”

The Sun reported that Palms workers were joined by State Senator Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, other unions and faith leaders.

Other press coverage of the event included:

  • Las Vegas Review-Journal (here)
  • WorldCasinoNews (here).

In a press release, the union said:

“It is the standard in Las Vegas that casinos, resorts, and hotels remain neutral and don’t intimidate workers against unionizing.

On the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, the following properties near and around the Palms have respected their workers’ decision to organize: Stratosphere, SLS, Hilton Grand Vacations, Circus Circus, Encore, Wynn, Treasure Island, Mirage, Caesars Palace, Harrah’s, Linq, Flamingo, Cromwell, Bellagio, Bally’s Paris, Planet Hollywood, Vdara, Cosmopolitan, Aria, Signature, Monte Carlos, MGM Grand, New York-New York, Excalibur, Luxor, Tropicana, Delano, and Mandalay Bay.”

In the midst of a growing labor dispute at the Palms, TPG and Leonard Green are reportedly exploring a possible sale of the asset, according to Bloomberg.

TPG Capital and Leonard Green have not agreed to commit to a fair process at the Palms. TPG Capital told UNITE HERE that Palms management should handle the matter. Palms management has not agreed to workers’ requests for a fair process.