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Vegas Strike Averted (For Now)

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LAS VEGAS (CelebrityAccess) The Culinary Workers Union has reached a temporary agreement with the casinos of Las Vegas, providing a temporary halt to a potentially devastating strike.

The union reached a tentative labor agreement Friday that would cover about a quarter of the 50,000 employees threatening the first citywide strike in more than 30 years. The new five-year agreement with Caesars Entertainment covers about 12,000 bartenders, housekeepers, kitchen staff and others at nine casinos, according to the Associated Press.

“We feel very good about the contract,” Geoconda Arguello-Kline, union secretary-treasurer, told the AP. “We feel like the company got what they need for their business to continue, and we feel like we can still provide the American dream for the members.”

MGM, meanwhile, said it has “made good progress in resolving the remaining issues.”

The union said the main sticking points were wages, workplace training and job security as casinos turn toward technology versus labor.

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