|Dealer Unionization effort continues
Wed, 17 Jan 2001
By JEFF SIMPSON
lasvegas.com GAMING WIRE
LAS VEGAS - Casino dealers planning to organize the city's casinos
are set to stage three rallies Thursday at the site of the next union
representation election, the Las Vegas Hilton.
In the aftermath of Saturday's 294 to 98 vote by Monte
dealers against representation by the Transport Workers Union of
America, union officials also filed federal objections to the
megaresort's election conduct.
Transport Workers Director of Organization Tim Grandfield
union scheduled the three rallies at the Hilton to demonstrate the
solidarity of the city's dealers.
"Our intent is to comply with the law," Grandfield said.
talk with the dealers, because they're working, but we will wear
shirts with the slogan 'Table Dealers Supporting Table Dealers,' and
we may make a few bets at the tables."
The Hilton's dealers are scheduled Saturday to vote to
whether the Transport Workers can act as their bargaining agent.
Grandfield said the union rallies scheduled at the Hilton
peaceful, and that dealers from other city casinos planned to meet
the Hilton at 8:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., rally and then walk
into the casino.
Park Place Entertainment Chief Financial Officer Scott
failed to return a phone message seeking comment. His company owns
and operates the Hilton.
After Saturday's scheduled vote at the Hilton, the Luxor
Tropicana dealers are slated to vote on Monday.
Subsequent votes are scheduled at the Stratosphere and
MGM Grand on
Jan. 27; the Riviera on Feb. 9; Bally's on Feb. 10; and New York-New
York on Feb. 17.
The Excalibur, Treasure Island and New Frontier have union
petitions pending before the National Labor Relations Board, but no
election dates have been set.
Grandfield said about 84 percent of the Hilton's employees
submitted cards requesting Saturday's representation election,
similar to the 86 percent of Monte Carlo dealers who submitted cards
before overwhelmingly voting against the union's representation.
"I think we're going to win this one, and we'll win the
on appeal," he said.
Grandfield said the Hilton held meetings with dealers,
but was less
aggressive than the Monte Carlo in fighting the representation effort.
Grandfield suggested that the Hilton's management had
a reason for
its less aggressive stance.
"If a casino operator breaks federal or state law (governing
conduct of union representation elections), they are risking their
state gaming licenses," he said.
Grandfield also said the union is confident the Tuesday
it filed against the Monte Carlo will succeed.
"We lost the election, but I'm confident we'll win on
that we'll get the opportunity to have another election at the Monte
Carlo," he said.
The union's objections to the Monte Carlo's actions center
Grandfield said were threats intended to scare employees out of
voting in favor of the union.
The union's National Labor Relations Board filing charged
Carlo with violating federal law by:
-Distributing and maintaining literature in the megaresort's
pits during the 24-hour period before the election which threatened
to close the pits and lay off the dealers if the union won the
-Threatening to fire any dealer distributing pro-union
in the dealers' break room while allowing dealers opposing the union
to distribute ant-union materials.
-Interrogated individual dealers to determine their support
opposition to the union organizing effort.
-Held mandatory meetings on company time with dealers
24-hour period before the election.
Mandalay Resort Group Senior Vice President of Marketing
said the union's election complaint was a face-saving gesture.
Mandalay Resort Group operates the Monte Carlo and shares
of the property with MGM Grand.
"When you lose an election as big as they lost an election,
going to make whatever charges you can to explain the defeat," Marz
He said the election was clean, and said the company took
full-page advertisements in today's Las Vegas Review Journal and Las
Vegas Sun newspapers to thank the Monte Carlo's dealers for voting
support management and to let people know the election was conducted
According to the papers' rate schedule, political or issue
ads like those taken out by Mandalay Resort Group would cost about
Grandfield said he had not seen the ads, but suggested
purpose was to make dealers voting in future elections think the
votes are a lost cause.
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