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Post Posted: October 9th, 2013, 8:19 pm 
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Union members in the UK are not pinko thugs, boneheads, socialists or communists.

They are people who realise that some sections of society are exploited, and try to make the workplace a level playing field.

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Post Posted: October 9th, 2013, 9:56 pm 
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Pebs, the prevention of true worker exploitation is within the realm of western nation governments these days. It is what labor laws, incorporated beginning in the 1930s, are about. Modern unions do not prevent exploitation. To me they simply demand a spreading of wealth irregardless of position gained through sacrifice and education, or personsal accomplishment. That is Marxism at its core.

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Post Posted: October 10th, 2013, 2:20 pm 
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Did I read in there correctly that they knew they had no agreement when they chose to work for Cosmo?

Just watching that video makes me WANT to go into Cosmo. I'm sorry, I'm just so grateful to have a job that works with my kids' schedules, even if I don't get raises. And, like someone commented, if you aren't happy, go somewhere else, there's many people that will take that job.

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Post Posted: October 18th, 2013, 4:58 pm 
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Kinda shows you the mentality of this group. Others in labor may condemn them as they should, but I haven't seen anything from the rank and file of Culinary disagreeing with these tactics.

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Post Posted: October 18th, 2013, 5:50 pm 
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Do those Cosmo workers actually want to be part of the union? It seems to me that if most of them wanted to, then the leverage would exist to get it done through the usual negotiations.

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Post Posted: October 21st, 2013, 8:08 pm 
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Do those Cosmo workers actually want to be part of the union? It seems to me that if most of them wanted to, then the leverage would exist to get it done through the usual negotiations.


From the way it sounds, negotiations have been stalled for quite some time as neither side is willing to budge on the terms of the contract.

Culinary has a site that lists all non-union resorts, non-union restaurants and bars on unionized resorts and imploring union members (not just those in Culinary) to not go to them. Part of the reason why Firefly opted not to return to the Plaza was because their costs there were higher because they had to hire union employees for that location.

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Post Posted: October 27th, 2013, 12:31 pm 
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Pebs, the prevention of true worker exploitation is within the realm of western nation governments these days. It is what labor laws, incorporated beginning in the 1930s, are about. Modern unions do not prevent exploitation. To me they simply demand a spreading of wealth irregardless of position gained through sacrifice and education, or personsal accomplishment. That is Marxism at its core.



Amen my brother. It also seems that unions stopped being about the little guy and more about political power once they learned how to lobby Washington.

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Post Posted: October 27th, 2013, 1:56 pm 
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Culinary needs to look at what has happened to their brethren in other unions like the UAW and the IAM. Ford, GM and Chrysler closed a number of US plants in recent years and not all of the workers were able to transfer to other plants. Boeing built an assembly plant in South Carolina pretty much as a response to the IAM strike in 2008 that stalled production at their facilities in the Seattle area. Boeing has already announced one expansion there and is mulling yet another one and if they do launch an updated version of the 777, they may decide to build it in Charleston instead of Seattle.

Culinary still has power in Vegas because of the infamous New Frontier strike that lasted over 6 years. Other casino operators are pretty much are scared to see such a labor dispute strike their properties, so they tend to give in to the demands a lot easier. However, there are folks like Sheldon Adelson and Station Casinos that isn't afraid of Culinary and their threats and their properties remain non-union. Deutsche Bank doesn't seem too scared either, as they look to be sticking to their guns and are giving Culinary enough rope in which to hang themselves with.

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Post Posted: October 27th, 2013, 6:35 pm 
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They also need to factor in that there are still a good amount of people who are unemployed. It is hard to get support that you are working without a contract from people who aren't working!!

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Post Posted: October 27th, 2013, 7:30 pm 
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They also need to factor in that there are still a good amount of people who are unemployed. It is hard to get support that you are working without a contract from people who aren't working!!


What's interesting is that MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Boyd Gaming, and Station Casinos all have a sizable number of open positions at their properties. The problem is finding qualified candidates to fill these jobs. Even Cosmo has a number of open positions. The thing is that most of the positions are food and beverage jobs that are at the low end of the totem pole and are either on-call or part time, which probably makes it harder to fill the position.

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Post Posted: November 3rd, 2013, 6:49 pm 
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Will someone explain to me how it is beneficial to have a criminal record over something like THIS? I find this whole thing ridiculous.

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Post Posted: November 3rd, 2013, 7:55 pm 
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Will someone explain to me how it is beneficial to have a criminal record over something like THIS? I find this whole thing ridiculous.


Culinary is a union living off of past glories and still have some casino operators scared. Las Vegas is really one of the few "union towns" left in the US and when you consider that in the US, 6.6% of workers in the private sector are unionized, the power that unions have is a bit overplayed and the politicians continue to pander to them. In Nevada, approximately 162,000 workers (14.7% of the workforce) were members of a union and approximately 181,000 (16.4% of the workforce) were covered by union contracts. I'm sure that the vast majority of those numbers are in the gaming and hospitality industry since it is the primary economic engine for the state. So 19,000 workers are not members of a union, but have the contract benefits of unionized employees. Unionized workers do have a higher pay rate, but how much of that money goes back to the union in the form of dues?

These union members think that these acts of "civil disobedience" will force Cosmo to cave and agree to the terms Culinary has demanded are very short-sighted indeed. Some of the taxi drivers that went on strike earlier this year pulled similar stunts and in the end, their unions didn't get them everything they wanted as so many cabbies crossed the picket line. I don't see Cosmo caving in anytime soon and the only way the union might get a deal in place is if they get some sense knocked into them. Insulting and inconveniencing the visitors to Las Vegas is a pretty stupid idea.

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The Culinary’s effort at The Cosmopolitan is absolutely futile."

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Post Posted: November 11th, 2013, 2:49 pm 
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The Supreme Court will be deciding a couple of labor cases this term. One has to do with neutrality contracts, the other with fairness dues that charge non-members. I suspect both rulings will be against the unions.

I still can't tell anywhere if the workers at Cosmo actually are part of this union or want to be part of it.

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Post Posted: November 11th, 2013, 8:21 pm 
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I still can't tell anywhere if the workers at Cosmo actually are part of this union or want to be part of it.


I think they are still are negotiating their first contract, I am guessing this because the Cosmo is relativity new and they would of had to have a vote to unionize after they opened.

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