that took long enough
After a year of pushing for negotiations, workers at Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas have finally reached a union contract with management.
The hospitality workers union Unite Here called for a boycott of all Trump properties in September, as workers spent months after they voted for unionization without a contract. Unite Here's affiliate in Las Vegas, the Culinary Workers Union Local 226, represents more than 500 housekeepers and food and beverage workers at the hotel, and Culinary Union spokeswoman Bethany Khan said negotiations took place last week, with employees unanimously voting Saturday to ratify the contract.
With the new contract taking effect on Jan. 1, 2017, workers can expect pay raises and health benefits and pensions comparable to other hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, Khan told The Associated Press. Before the election, workers outraged over not having discussions held protests outside the Trump International Hotel, and they mobilized against him at the polls; Hillary Clinton won the swing state of Nevada in November. Also Wednesday, management at Trump's hotel in Washington, D.C., agreed to allow a campaign to establish a union for workers, with Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger saying it shares "mutual goals" with the Las Vegas hotel union.