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Culinary Union launches organizing effort at Las Vegas hotel restaurants

September 6, 2023


The Culinary Union — which comprises the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 — is the largest chapter of hospitality guild Unite Here, representing 60,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada. Its members include guest room attendants, servers, porters, bellmen, bartenders and laundry and kitchen workers.

According to the union, the average non-union wage in Las Vegas for a food prep worker or server is $14.39 an hour, or an annual salary of $29,920. The Culinary Union says this is not enough for workers to live in Las Vegas without second, and sometimes third, jobs.

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