The union will now seek a deal with MGM properties, other Strip properties and Downtown Las Vegas.
Culinary Union’s Geoconda: @MGMResortsIntl workers play a big part in making the company successful. Workers deserve to have a fair share of that success. @CaesarsEnt workers will not strike now that they have a tentative agreement, but they will be on the picket line to support. pic.twitter.com/QhOPhA62cS
There are 25 properties that still don't have contracts with about 50,000 workers. Members at the Culinary Union headquarters worked fast to put together picket signs as they get ready for the possibility of a strike.
There is no set date yet but the union saying they'll decide as a whole when the strike will happen. They don't plan on calling one this weekend.
The union says going on strike is its last resort. They want to keep pushing on negotiations.
But MGM Resorts has not called yet to schedule any meeting.
ORIGINAL STORY: With contracts at 34 Las Vegas properties now expired the Culinary Union says its 50,000 members are ready to strike.
🕛Midnight update: Contract negotiations ongoing with @CaesarsEnt. No deal has been reached. The Culinary Union has *not* yet called for a strike walkout.
The union says a 30-day strike could cost the MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment a total of $300 million.
Experts say they don't really know what kind of impact a citywide strike would have.
"It hasn't happened in over 30 years, so we don't have a huge baseline here to judge what is going to happen," said David Schwartz with the UNLV Center for Gaming Research. "Likely as people have their travel plans interrupted or their vacation plans interrupted. They'd get frustrated and may not come back."
The negotiations on contracts continued late into the night Thursday as the final minutes of the current contract wound down.
The contacts cover 50,000 employees serving 34 Las Vegas Strip Casinos and downtown locations expires at midnight, June 1.
Union leadership says they are planning to strike to certain demands are not met, including livable wages, improved benefits package and job security.
MGM Resorts International released this statement:
"We are confident that we can resolve the outstanding contract issues and come to an agreement that works for all sides." – MGM Resorts International
Caesars Entertainment released this statement:
“Caesars Entertainment continues to meet with the Culinary Union to finalize a new 5-year contract. We are confident that we will achieve a tentative agreement without a work stoppage.”
Richard Broome, EVP of Communications and Government Relations