Station Casinos is one of the biggest gaming companies operating in Nevada right now. It is also one of the few to remain outside the grasp of the Culinary Union. This week, reports surfaced claiming a group of Station Casinos employees has begun protesting against the Culinary Union.
These employees seem determined to keep the major union group away. Today, we’ll discuss why exactly this is. We will also talk about how the gaming industry in Las Vegas is faring right now.
Let’s get into it!
Station Casinos Employees Picket Outside Culinary Union Headquarters
The Culinary Workers Union, oftentimes called the Nevada Culinary Union, was founded back in 1935. Since that time, it has grown to become one of the most influential union groups in the country. It’s the largest in Nevada with more than 60,000 workers.
Not everyone has been pleased to see this union’s growth over the years. That includes Station Casinos, one of the largest casino operators in the state of Nevada. This company has been involved with several legal disputes with the union over the years and still does not allow it to represent the company’s employees.
It seems that a large group of Station Casinos employees is becoming fed up with the Culinary Union’s attempts to enter the company. This week, workers began protesting outside of the union’s headquarters, demanding it respect the worker’s rights not to be represented.
“We’re just here to send a message to the Culinary Union to leave us alone. Team members are furious, and they just don’t want a union,” said Hernan Andrade, director of internal maintenance for Red Rock Resort. “We’re just supporting our team members. We decided to come out here and support them.”
In a majority vote, workers at Station Casinos rejected the union’s representation offer. Station Casinos and the Culinary Union will continue their legal battle on August 31. Stay tuned for updates on this situation.
Las Vegas Casino Revenue Continues Breaking Records
Las Vegas was the worst-hit city in the country due to the events that unfolded in 2020. Things have completely turned around in 2021, though. Tourism rates into Las Vegas have been surging over the past eight months and are expected to continue that way for the rest of the year.
The American Gaming Association recently released a report claiming 2021 will be the best year in history for the US casino industry. Places like Las Vegas have continuously set new revenue records throughout the year. Certain properties are managing to bring in more money than others.
This past June, gaming revenue in Nevada once again surpassed the $1 billion mark. Casinos here managed to bring in $1.19 billion over the month. That remains slightly lower than the all-time revenue record set this past May, at $1.23 billion.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board recently met to discuss allowing online casino gambling in the state. Many of the major casino executives in Nevada have pushed against this measure. Allowing internet gambling, they argue, would significantly take away from the amount of revenue they are able to generate.
Expect to see revenue figures continue to increase as the year goes on. Nevada isn’t the only state experiencing a boom in casino revenue, too. Here’s a look at how other US gaming hubs are faring right now.
More States Report Casino Revenue Growth in July
The past few months have been exciting ones for major casino companies around the United States. These companies experienced massive declines in their monthly revenue figures last year. 2021 is proving to be significantly different.
Pennsylvania just reported that July was the most successful month in history for its casino industry. The gaming properties here managed to bring in $423 million in GGR. That is more than $35 million more than what was brought in last June.
Louisiana is another state that saw impressive revenue figures last month. The casinos here saw $222 million in total revenue over the course of the month. The casinos around New Orleans performed the best, bringing in more than $52 million over the month.
Expect to see these figures increasing for the next few months. Sports betting revenue seems likely to surge as the 2021/2022 NFL season begins, too.
What do you think of Station Casinos employees pushing against the Culinary Union? How will the legal battle between these groups play out? Let us know in the comments section below.