Palace Station Workers Agree to Leave the Culinary Union

Station Casinos has been in a feud with the Nevada Culinary Union for years. It now appears that one of the company’s casinos has decided to withdraw from the union. Today, we’re going to talk about why Palace Station workers have decided to make this move.Palace Station Casino

Many are surprised to hear this news. Officials within Station Casinos are likely pleased with this new development, though. It will be interesting to hear how this affects other casinos in Las Vegas over the next few months.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

Station Casinos Has Been Forced to Close Several Casinos This Year

The world’s land-based casino industry continues to be affected by the global pandemic. States around the US are working hard to protect their casino industries while keeping things safe. This is proving to be more effective in some parts of the country than others.

Nevada was one of the first major commercial casino destinations to reopen its casinos. It was extremely important to protect cities like Las Vegas. In early June, several of the major casino-resorts in this city opened their doors.

As the weeks go on, more casino companies open up their properties. That includes Station Casinos. Interestingly, this company has chosen not to reopen four of its major casinos located in the city. Officials within this company recently announced that these casinos will never open their doors again.

Casino companies are still struggling to bring in players and generate revenue. It’s clear that tourism in cities like Las Vegas is down considerably. Fortunately, new reports indicate that gambling revenue in the city is slowly beginning to increase.

Intense safety regulations remain in place inside all major casinos around the country. In Nevada, many casino workers are represented by the Culinary Union. Some casino companies have pushed against this union making its way into their properties.

Station Casinos is now seeing one of its properties leave the Culinary Union.

Palace Station Workers Vote to Leave NV Culinary Union

Station Casinos has been in a public feud with Station Casinos for many years. It’s been a long, oftentimes ugly battle between two powerful groups. Despite Station Casinos’ best efforts, however, some of the company’s casinos have voted to become represented by this union over the past decade.

Not all of these casinos seem to be enjoying their experience under this representation. News is now coming out that Palace Station Workers have voted to leave the Nevada Culinary Union. Station Casinos Chief Operating Officer Bob Finch confirmed the news to the media this week.

“Our team members at Palace Station have spoken. Station Casinos respects their decision and certainly appreciates the confidence that our team members have placed in us,” Finch said. 

Palace Station Casinos voted to join this union back in 2017. It’s not entirely clear what caused this split between the two groups. It didn’t take long for members of the Culinary Union to express their disappointment with the casino worker’s decision.

“Station Casinos has withdrawn union recognition at Boulder and Palace Station. The Culinary Union believes it has done so unlawfully. Station Casinos continues to disrespect their workers by wasting time with litigation and union-busting efforts,” Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer of the Culinary Union, said in a statement. “The Culinary Union has filed an unfair labor practice charge regarding the withdrawal and has demanded to negotiate immediately.” 

It’s an interesting time for Palace Station to make this decision. Many casino workers in Las Vegas have expressed disappointment in the lack of necessary safety measures set in place. It appears Palace Station did not feel that the Culinary Union was successfully helping their cause.

Should Casinos Increase Their Safety Regulations?

The past seven months have been some of the toughest in the history of the land-based casino industry. Never before have cities like Las Vegas and Atlantic City been forced to completely shut down. Obviously, these cities did everything they could to immediately reopen their gambling and tourism industries.

City and state leaders wanted to ensure that this was done in the safest way possible. Casino companies began coming up with specific safety measures to protect their patrons and employees. Most casinos now require masks to be worn at all times and have many other safety measures set in place.

Not everyone believes that these measures are strict enough, though. Many reports have surfaced that show hundreds of casino workers in cities like Las Vegas have been infected with the new coronavirus. Some even claim that casinos are actively hiding these reports from the media.

It’s a difficult situation. Casinos are still seeing massive drops in revenue even months after being able to reopen. Some analysts predict that things will get even worse when the colder winter months approach.

Many certainly feel that casinos need to start implementing better safety measures. Some have begun to ban smoking in public places. That includes some of the biggest casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. We’re likely to see more measures like this one appear over the new few months.

Are you surprised to hear that Palace Station workers are leaving the Culinary Union? Do you think casinos need to increase their safety measures? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s Why Station Casinos is Selling Property in Reno

Station Casinos is one of the largest casino operators in the state of Nevada. Unfortunately, the company has been struggling to generate revenue over the past six months. As a result, several properties are being sold around the state. Today, we’re going to look at why Station Casinos is selling property in Reno.Reno Sign

It’s been a hard year for casino operators around the world. Station Casinos is now focused on new strategies to generate revenue. That includes major property sales.

Let’s look at what land is being put up for sale right now.

Nevada’s Casino Revenue Begins to Hold Steady

The state of Nevada has always been known for having one of the largest and most successful casino industries in the world. A huge number of large and small casinos are located here. Las Vegas remains the state’s most popular gambling destination.

Under normal circumstances, casino revenue in this state is higher than anywhere else. 2020 has been an unusual year, though, and the land-based casino industry is being severely impacted. For months, casinos around the United States were completely shut down.

Governor Sisolak gave the green light for Nevada’s casinos to open in June. Casino companies hoped that revenue from this industry would immediately bounce back. That has not been the case, and earnings remain significantly lower than they were last year.

Things appear to be holding steady now. Nevada’s gambling industry generated $756.8 million in July. That’s a large improvement from June, yet far below what was earned in July of 2019. Most analysts predict revenue earnings to be slightly higher once again in August.

This drop in revenue is taking a serious toll on casino companies based in Nevada. Some have begun looking at new ways to bring in money. Unfortunately, that could result in major property sales around the state.

We’re now beginning to hear that Station Casinos plans to sell some of its land in Northern Nevada.

Station Casinos is Selling Property in Reno This Year

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a number of massive casino sales. Much of these came from Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts, two companies that have merged this year. In order for this deal to go through, various state gambling commissions forced these companies to sell several of their casinos.

Things are different now. Many casino companies are now being forced to sell their properties to make up for lost revenue. In some cases, keeping casinos operational is no longer feasible and actually costs money.

That seems to be the case for Station Casinos, one of Nevada’s biggest casino operators. More than a decade ago, this company announced plans to break into Reno’s casino market. It bought massive areas of land in the city and revealed plans to open several major casino-resorts here.

It’s now been confirmed that Station Casinos is selling its property in Reno. That includes the 89-acre piece of vacant land on Mount Rose Highway and the eight-acre property near the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. It’s clear that company officials no longer see the benefit in holding onto this land.

Many of Reno’s top officials are disappointed to see this land sold. They’d hoped that several new major gambling venues would open here. Unfortunately, that’s no longer possible under the current state of the county’s land-based casino industry.

We may even see several major Las Vegas property sales take place soon.

Expect More Las Vegas Casinos to Go Up For Sale

As we said earlier, Las Vegas has always been the world’s top casino destination. Some of the most expensive casino-resorts ever built are located here. Prior to 2020, more than 40 million tourists would flock to this city every year.

Even the biggest casinos here have seen their revenue drop immensely in 2020. That includes Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, and MGM Resorts International. Most gaming analysts predict this trend will continue throughout the rest of the year.

Many of the smaller casinos around Las Vegas remain closed. Some are owned by Station Casinos. Officials within this company have recently told the media that several of these properties are likely to permanently shut down.

There’s a chance that we could see major casino-resorts sold here over the next few months. Several top gaming officials claim this remains a real possibility. Some even fear that new casino-resorts such as Resorts World Las Vegas will be forced to delay their construction.

Station Casinos is selling property in Reno. The company also claims it’s likely to put some Las Vegas casinos for sale. We’ll need to wait and see if any other major casino-resorts are sold over the next few months.

Are you surprised to see Station Casinos move out of Reno? Do you think any major casinos will be sold in Las Vegas? Let us know in the comments section below!

Four Station Casinos Properties May Be Forced to Permanently Close

Station Casinos, one of the top casino companies in Nevada, has been hurting over the past few months. Casino revenue remains low around the United States and casinos are beginning to shut down in different states. According to new reports, four different Station Casinos properties are likely to be permanently closed soon.Frank Fertitta III

It shows how difficult things currently are for casino operators. Today, we’re going to look at which casinos may soon close down. We’ll also give an update on some more major casino companies operating in Nevada.

Let’s get into it!

Downtown and Strip Casinos Are Up and Running Again

When Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak ordered the state’s casinos to shut down, the news spread like wildfire. Cities like Las Vegas rely almost entirely on this gaming and tourism revenue. Without casinos, everyone felt the city would be in trouble.

No one knew how long this casino shutdown would last for. As the weeks dragged on, the effects of these regulations got worse. Businesses began to close and residents across the state started demanding that Sisolak allow casinos to start operating again.

By May, the Nevada Gaming Board agreed to a set of safety measures introduced by casino companies. Casinos were finally given permission to reopen here on June 4th. We’re now in August, and almost all of the casinos in Downtown Las Vegas and on the Las Vegas Strip have officially reopened.

This doesn’t mean that things are back to normal. Tourism rates in cities like Las Vegas are still significantly lower than they were in early 2019. This drop in visitation rates is also leading to a major dip in casino revenue earnings.

In June, Nevada’s casinos earned just $566.8 million. That’s a 45.5% dip in gambling revenue when compared to June of 2019. Experts are torn on whether or not revenue in July will be higher.

Casino companies are stuck in a very difficult situation. Many are being forced to take drastic measures in order to stay afloat. This week, Station Casinos gave some insight into what it has planned over the next few months.

Frank Fertitta III Claims Four Station Casinos May Close Permanently

Station Casinos launched back in 1967. At that time, the company was focused on building and operating casinos for locals in the Las Vegas area. Today, Station Casinos owns more than 20 casinos and employs over 11,000 individuals.

Over the years, this casino company has grown considerably. Some felt it was slowly becoming one of Nevada’s next big up and coming gaming operators. Of course, the global pandemic has taken a major toll on the US casino industry.

Gambling revenue remains low around the country. Many casino companies are being forced to lay off thousands of their workers to cut down on costs. Station Casinos is hurting badly and now it appears the company is close to permanently shutting down some of its gaming venues.

Frank Fertitta III, CEO and chairman of the board of directors for Red Rock Resorts, the parent company of Station Casinos, spoke about the current situation to the media this week.

“We don’t know if or when we’re going to reopen any of the closed properties,” Fertitta said. “We think it’s too early to make that decision.”

Not all Station Casinos properties are bleeding revenue, though. New reports indicate 16 of the company’s Las Vegas gaming venues have actually seen their year-on-year revenue increase.

“So far, we’re pleased with the results we’ve had and the ability to move some of the play from our closed properties to our existing properties,” Fertitta added. “We’re going to continue to get clarity and to navigate the situation to make well-informed decisions. Whatever decisions we make will be made in the best interest of shareholder value.”

It seems likely that Station Casinos will shut down several of its properties for good. Some are now wondering whether or not the major operators on the Las Vegas Strip will be forced to take similar measures.

Will Any Las Vegas Strip Casinos Be Forced to Shut Down?

Casino companies across the nation are hurting right now. That includes the major players with property on the Las Vegas Strip. Over the past few months, revenue earnings at MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts, and Las Vegas Sands have dipped considerably.

The latter saw recently released its second-quarter revenue reports. Las Vegas Sands saw an incredible 97% dip in its earnings between April and June when compared to the same months in 2019. Company officials told the media that Las Vegas was “in a world of hurt right now.”

That doesn’t mean major casino-resorts are likely to close down. It would take a lengthy, sustained revenue dip for any Strip casinos to permanently shut down. Some, however, fear that construction projects in the city may be delayed.

There are several properties currently being constructed on the Las Vegas Strip right now. That includes Resorts World Las Vegas, set to be the most expensive casino-resort ever built in the city. Construction on this new venue is still taking place, yet there are concerns over how this property will fare if revenue does not bounce back.

We expect several Station Casinos properties to shut down soon. We’ll continue offering updates on this situation here over the next few months.

Are you surprised to hear Station Casinos’ plans? Let us know in the comments section below!

Nevada Culinary Union Supports Bernie Sanders for President

Nevada’s Culinary Union is one of the most powerful union groups in the country. It has over 60,000 members and is the largest affiliate of UNITE HERE. This week, members of the Nevada Culinary Union voiced their support for Democratic presidential nominee, Bernie Sanders.Bernie Sanders

This isn’t completely surprising. Sanders has helped to support this group with issues in the past. Today, we’re going to look at what the union’s support means.

Let’s get into it!

The Nevada Culinary Union and Sanders Have a History

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of the NV Culinary Union. This group was formed back in 1938 and has grown to become the largest union in the state. Members of the group are present in many hotel-casinos across Nevada, including many in Las Vegas.

For years, the culinary union has been quarreling with Station Casinos, a Las Vegas-based casino company that owns several major casino-resorts. Owners of Station Casinos have worked to prevent employees in their venues from joining the Culinary Union. This includes the employees at Palms Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

In June, more than 1,000 Palms employees picketed outside the hotel-casino, demanding that negotiations take place. Officials within Station Casinos didn’t budge. In August, the Culinary Union teamed up with the APALA to help with their cause.

Once again, Station Casinos did not agree to negotiate. Eventually, Bernie Sanders voiced this disapproval with the way the casino company was handling the situation.

“@Palms workers voted to unionize because they are fighting for better pay, better benefits, job security, and respect and dignity on the job,” Sanders wrote. “It’s time for the Palms’ billionaire, Trump-supporting owners to stop ignoring the law and start negotiating with their workers,” Sanders wrote in a Tweet.

It appears the Senator’s support is paying off.

Culinary Union Members Show Support for Bernie Sanders

The race to become the Democratic presidential nominee is currently underway. As the months go on, several candidates are beginning to stand out. Now, it appears that Bernie Sanders has a real shot at earning the nomination.

This week, members of the Nevada Culinary Union officially voiced their support for the Vermont Senator. More than 100 workers cheered Sanders on during the state caucuses. It’s looking more likely that he’ll emerge as the front runner in Nevada.

Several workers claim that Sanders’ health care plan is their main reason for support. Monica Smith, a culinary workers member since 1987 spoke to Buzzfeed News about her reasoning.

“We have so many people that have walked that picket line, blood sweat and tears, for us. We’re going to be here to protect it, but I worry about other people that aren’t protected by unions. How do they get healthcare. What’s the dollar amount that they have to go through, do they have to worry about not being able to go to a hospital?”

The Culinary Union was a major talking point during the recent Democratic debates. It seems the Democratic nominees recognize how important the support of this group is to win Nevada. For now, it looks like Bernie is coming out on top.

You Can Now Bet on Who Becomes the Democratic Candidate

Over the past few weeks, we’ve begun to get a better idea as to who will win the Democratic nomination. For a time, it seemed like Joe Biden would emerge victorious. He has experience in the White House and already holds a large support group across the country.

It now appears that Bernie Sanders is the front runner. He’s emerged victorious in several state caucuses already., one of the best online sportsbooks in the country, is now allowing its members to bet on who wins the nomination. At the moment, Sanders is listed as the -150 betting favorite. His odds may increase further after he secures a win in Nevada.

Micheal Bloomberg is listed second in the odds. The founder of Bloomberg L.P. entered into the race late yet he’s emerged as a possible candidate winner. Mybookie gives him odds of +325 to get the victory.

Some other possibilities include Pete Buttigieg at +900, Joe Biden at +1000, and Elizabeth Warren at +5000.

The Nevada Culinary Union is clearly in support of Bernie Sanders. Is this a sign that he may become the next president? Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!