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Las Vegas Workers OK Strike

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LAS VEGAS (CelebrityAccess) Las Vegas casino workers voted to approve a strike that would commence at any time after June 1 if negotiations between union workers and casino owners do not come to a satisfactory ending.

About 25,000 members of the Culinary Union cast ballots in two sessions Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. The move gives union negotiators leverage as they negotiate new five-year contracts for union workers. The move means approximately 50,000 employees, from bartenders to housekeepers to bellmen to cooks, could walk out of 34 different casino-resorts, virtually crippling the entertainment business in the city.

Properties potentially affected include Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Bellagio, MGM Grand and Stratosphere. Caesars and MGM own around half of the properties affected.

The strike could cause problems for fans heading to the T-Mobile arena to watch the Vegas Golden Knights play in the Stanley Cup Final, the AP noted.

The last strike was in 1984, spanned 67 days and cost the city and workers tens of millions of dollars.

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