UNION CANCELS LUXOR DEALER ELECTION

Friday, 19 Jan 2001

By JEFF SIMPSON
lasvegas.com GAMING WIRE

  The union hoping to represent Las Vegas casino dealers called off
Saturday's representation election at the Luxor, citing threats of physical
harm and property damage to dealers at the Strip's pyramid-shaped casino.
  The Thursday request by the Transport Workers Union of America to cancel
Saturday's election, and the subsequent approval by the National Labor
Relations Board, which oversees the elections, to cancel the election with
prejudice, means the union cannot file another petition for a
representation election at the Luxor until July.

  Transport Workers Director of Organization Tim Grandfield said some of
the Luxor's 393 dealers were threatened physically by the megaresort's
supervisors, and others were told their car windows would be smashed if the
union won the representation election.
  "We were worried about losing the election because they've threatened the
dealers," Grandfield said today. "They also were threatening to deport
Asian dealers, and all these actions are violations of federal law."
  Mandalay Resort Group Senior Vice President-Marketing John Marz said the
union's charges are false. Mandalay Resort owns and operates the Luxor.
  "We worked hard and were optimistically confident the dealers wouldn't
vote to be represented by a union," Marz said today. "To save face they're
making a lot of excuses."
  He said Mandalay Resort was disappointed the election was canceled.
  "The election, if held, would do nothing else than give the Luxor dealers
the opportunity to be heard on an issue of great importance," he said.
"perhaps the union requested the cancellation of the election because the
union believed it would suffer another devastating and crushing defeat."

  The Monte Carlo dealers voted 294 to 98 against representation by the
union on Jan. 13 in the city's first such Las Vegas dealers' election in 20
years. Mandalay Resort operates and shares ownership of the Monte Carlo.
  Union officials filed federal objections to the Monte Carlo management's
election conduct with the NLRB.
  Teamsters Local 14 won elections to represent dealers at the Frontier in
1977 and 1981 but wasn't able to reach a contract agreement with the
property's management.

  Meantime, the Las Vegas Hilton's 260 dealers are still scheduled to vote
in a separate election Saturday, following three Thursday rallies the union
held at the Paradise-road property.
  "The rallies were peaceful, and the Hilton's security was very polite to
us," Grandfield said.
  He estimated that about 220 dealers from other Las Vegas properties
showed up at the rallies to support the Hilton dealers.
  "We're optimistic about the Hilton vote," Grandfield said.
  Scott LaPorta, chief financial officer of Hilton-owner Park Place
Entertainment, said the company wouldn't comment on today's election.
  After today's scheduled Hilton vote, the Tropicana's 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.

Jeff Simpson
lasvegas.com Gaming Wire
 

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