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Las Vegas Workers Could Strike For The First Time In 3 Decades

Members of the Culinary Workers Union voted to authorize a citywide strike unless they reach a contract deal with their employers by June 1.
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Las Vegas Workers Could Strike For The First Time In 3 Decades

Thousands of hotel and casino workers in Las Vegas could walk off the job for the first time in more than three decades.

On Tuesday, about 25,000 members of the Culinary Workers Union voted to authorize a citywide strike unless they reach a contract deal with their employers by June 1. 

The union says about 50,000 hospitality workers employed at casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and in downtown Las Vegas are preparing to walk off the job. 

Those workers include bartenders, housekeepers, food and cocktail servers and cooks — about half the hospitality worker population in the city, according to a union spokesperson.

And day-to-day operations at properties like Caesars Palace, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand and the Stratosphere Casino could take a big hit.

Union officials say they want new contract language to give workers more protection when it comes to workplace safety, sexual harassment, subcontracting, technology and immigration.

The last time Culinary Workers Union employees went on strike was in 1984, and it cost the city millions of dollars.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.