LAS VEGAS — Gaming workers at The LINQ casino voted overwhelmingly for UAW representation in a National Labor Board-supervised election held last night. They became the second group of Las Vegas gaming workers to choose UAW representation in the last 18 months.
Khanh “Kenny” Vo, a dealer at The LINQ, said he and his fellow table games dealers wanted UAW representation “so we can all be stronger together as one, and to get our voices heard, and gain the respect that we all deserve as workers.”
The UAW will represent 248 dealers as they head into negotiations for a first contract.
“Our brothers and sisters at The LINQ understand what many gaming workers across the country have come to realize: UAW representation helps them win a measure of dignity and fairness in the workplace,” said UAW President Dennis Williams. “We are excited to welcome our newest members on ‘The Strip’ and will help them in every way possible to win a fair and just first contract.”
Dealers at The LINQ are the second casino on The Strip to organize with the UAW. Last year dealers and slot attendants at the Flamingo/Margaritaville casinos voted to organize. Those workers, members of UAW Local 3555, won their first contract in April and have been active in organizing dealers at The LINQ.
“Our members at Local 3555 did an exceptional job at reaching out to The LINQ dealers and explaining why UAW representation is a way to bridge the gap so they reach a decent standard of living for themselves and their families,” said Gary Jones, director of UAW Region 5, which includes Nevada. “It’s an honor to welcome The LINQ dealers to the UAW Region 5 family and we stand ready to help them win their first UAW contract.”
The UAW represents more than 12,000 gaming workers in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio and Rhode Island.
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