Circus Circus, employees at loggerheads, strike could be coming
The Reno venue isn’t playing nice with its employees
Eldorado Resorts should take a clue from other casinos in Las Vegas. Its Circus Circus venue is having a staring contest with employees and the Culinary Union that represents them, waiting to see who will blink first as they try and figure out how to move forward with an employment contract. The smart money, given its history of winning battles in Las Vegas, is on the union. If Circus Circus doesn’t blink soon, a strike is almost guaranteed.
The employees’ contract expired last November and the union has been trying to work out new terms ever since. The casino offered to give the workers a measly 1.75% raise, which didn’t even cover cost-of-living increases, and the union logically rejected the proposal. Culinary Union spokesperson Bethany Khan explains, “Eldorado made 9.8 percent more profit last year and their CEO could make $8.8 million this year along. The company will not agree to fair wage increases for its employees. Eldorado needs to stop treating its workers like second-class citizens.”
Some of the employees took to the streets outside the casino last week to protest the lack of a new contract and the ridiculous measures suggested by Eldorado and Circus Circus. If the casino doesn’t step up soon and offer better wages and retirement benefits, a walkout is almost certainly going to take place. As Circus Circus bartender Marlene Sanchez rightfully points out, “We are the reason Circus Circus Reno is successful and it’s time they recognize that.”