Trump Las Vegas unionization marches on

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Donald Trump has a lot on his mind. In between his run for the Republican nomination, a contest he won handily yesterday in Nevada, he has been contending with workers at his hotels who are currently in the midst of a push to unionize.

In December, a majority of the workers at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas voted to be represented by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226, as well as the Bartenders Union Local 165 of Unite Here. More than 500 of the hotel's employees were eligible to vote, and their votes are dragging Trump's second hotel toward unionization following votes at the Trump International Hotel Toronto.

Since then, reports have surfaced of workers being suspended for showing their support for unionization, and Trump Hotel management had even approached the National Labor Relations Board to throw out the December decision midst accusations that the Culinary Workers Union intimidated employees into voting yes.

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That demand was recently thrown out by the NLRB, with hearing office Lisa Dunn saying "I recommend that the Employer’s objections be overruled in their entirety," in a statement. According to Think Progress, Trump's management still refuses to recognize the union, though it has withdrawn some objections to the vote. 

Either way, this is a major blow to the opposition of the union, and something Trump management cannot avoid confronting, though Trump International can appeal the ruling to the regional director of the NLRB. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the Culinary Union had plans to negotiate with Trump during his visit to Nevada during the state's caucus. Until the fruits of that meeting come to light, the hotel will have to deal with picketing at the hands of its own workers, which took place during the caucus.

"If Donald Trump wants to 'Make America Great Again,' he should start right here in Las Vegas by negotiating with us the same deal his company made with his Canadian workers," Culinary Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Arguello-Kline said in a statement. A Trump campaign spokesman has so far declined to comment.


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