Station Casino Investigated by U.S Government
LAS VEGAS – The National Labour Relations Board (NLRB) has begun prosecuting its Unfair Labour Practice case against Station Casinos, Inc. The judge conducting the court case is Administrative Law Judge Geoffrey Carter. The dominant Las Vegas vendor, the third largest employer in Las Vegas has 165 charges against it-considered to be the most ever filed against a company in Nevada.
The NLRB purports that from February 19 to August 31 it used strong arm tactics such as discrimination, victimisation, interrogation and bribery against employees who joined in legal union activities. The government’s case against Station Casino could last several weeks since many staff members are busy testifying.
“It’s clear as daylight that Station Casino is very anti-union since it prohibits its employees from joining the union. In order to safeguard their rights within their working environment,” said Norma Flores. She delivers food at Fiesta Henderson and also part of Station Casino’s Organizing Committee members. She will testify as a witness against Station Casino.
“Whilst Station Casino is being investigated by the NLRB, its employees are concerned that the casino might even the score against those employees who have testified against the casino in the NLRB hearing,” said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, President of the Culinary Union Local 226. “Matters are bad enough as it is with the casino launching a very aggressive anti-union campaign, hence the reason the complaint has landed on the ears of NLRB. In the event staff members are punished for speaking up about the illegal behaviour of their managers and supervisors, this will further complicate an already very intricate court case”.
Earlier this year employees from Station Casino’s ten major properties mobilized to create the Station Casinos Organizing Committee. The reason for this was to compel Station Casino to acknowledge worker rights by means of unionising.
The largest local affiliate is The Culinary Workers Union Local 226, representing in total 250,000 employees across America and Canada employed in the hospitality industry, food service, textile and airport industries.[addtoany]