New Website Updates Meetings Industry on Labor Relations in Las Vegas

In any industry, labor disputes can dramatically impact — and often impede — business operations. In the meetings industry, however, they can be especially disruptive. As a service to meeting and convention planners, therefore, the Las Vegas casino workers union, the Culinary Workers Union Local 226, has launched a new website to update the travel industry about labor issues affecting Sin City casinos.

The site, VegasTravelAlerts.org, will be regularly updated with information about actual and potential labor disputes that could affect meetings and conventions. Additionally, visitors to the site can sign up for email alerts and receive tips for protecting their event from labor conflicts.

“The need for such a website is seen as especially great this year: On June 1, 2013, union contracts covering 44,000 hospitality workers in Las Vegas [expired],” the Culinary Workers Union said in a statement. “This includes the majority of workers on the highly-visited Las Vegas Strip. If new contracts are not settled, there is the potential for labor disputes, even strikes, to result.”

The Culinary Workers Union represents 55,000 members who work at casinos on the Las Vegas Strip and in downtown Las Vegas, and at culinary outlets at McCarran International Airport. For more information about the union, visit its website.

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