Biden Congratulates Culinary Workers on Contract Agreements in Las Vegas – CDC Gaming Reports


LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday congratulated hospitality workers on reaching a tentative agreement with several Las Vegas hotel casinos and canceling a strike deadline for another, telling members of a local culinary union, “When you do good, everyone does better.”

“I came to say thank you, not just thank you for the support you gave me last time and this time, but thank you for your confidence in the union,” said Biden, who is running for re-election in November. A second term, said 226 culinary hospitality professionals who gathered at the Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas. “Thank you for continuing to push this because this is really important. It’s important, important, important.”

The president has been in Las Vegas since Sunday to participate in the election campaign before the Democratic Party primary elections in the state on Tuesday. He visited with union members on Monday and later visited a Bubba cafe before returning to Washington.

The Culinary Workers Union, which represents hospitality workers, says it has reached a tentative agreement with six other downtown hotel-casinos and has canceled the strike deadline for another.

The culinary union is the largest in Nevada with about 60,000 members statewide. It negotiates five-year contracts on behalf of its members.

Biden was recently endorsed by the United Auto Workers union. He prides himself on his longstanding support of men and women in organized labor.

“I make no apologies for being the most pro-union president in America,” he said Sunday night at a re-election campaign rally in a historically black neighborhood in Las Vegas.

The culinary union’s tentative agreements averted the threat of a strike Monday morning at several properties near the Strip and downtown as the city kicks off Super Bowl week. The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs will face off at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday.

After negotiations with some of the remaining casinos hit a snag, the union announced last week that it would go on strike if tentative contracts were not put in place by early Monday for downtown casino workers at properties where agreements were not reached.

The 58th NFL Super Bowl is expected to bring 330,000 people to Las Vegas this week, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

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