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Tens of thousands of hotel and casino workers voted to authorize a strike next month at dozens of casinos and resorts if their contracts are not renewed before they expire at the end of May, the Culinary Union announced on Tuesday night.
Ninety-nine percent of the members who voted in two sessions on Tuesday preferred to authorize a strike, the union said.
The vote authorizes the union's negotiating committee to call a strike any time after June 1, and does not mean that a strike will occur throughout the city. But it could give the unions influence in the negotiations.
"A strike is the last resort, we want to reach an agreement, but the union and the workers are preparing for a strike throughout the city if the contracts are not resolved before June 1." Geoconda Argüello-Kline , secretary-treasurer of the Culinary Union, said in a statement.
Properties that could be affected include those owned by MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Tropicana Las Vegas and other properties, the union says.  Contracts for culinary unions and waiters in 34 casinos expire at midnight on May 31 and cover about 50,000 workers, according to the Local 226 Culinary Workers Union. They include waiters, room attendants, waiters, cooks and kitchen workers.