When a non-union casino is sold in Las Vegas, the buyer has the right to fire all the employees and require them all to reapply for jobs even if they’ve worked there for years. When this happens, there is no guarantee anyone will get their old jobs back.
This is what Station Casinos did to 2,000 workers in 2000, when they bought Santa Fe Station and Fiesta Rancho and fired everyone working at the two casinos and told them to reapply:
When You Have A Union Contract, You Can Keep Your Job As Owners and Managers Come and Go.
“We are not going to know about (the employees) until such time as they apply for a position and we have the opportunity to put them through the process.” (“Station defends job plan,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, 7/6/2000)
“When we entered into the agreement (to buy the Fiesta), we said we would buy all the assets. Employees are not assets.” (Fiesta layoffs: Station calls layoff notices necessary,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, 9/9/2000)
When a company buys a union casino in Las Vegas, it has to buy the union contract, too. This means that existing workers get to keep their jobs, seniority, wages, benefits, and all the rights on the job even when there is a new owner and a new management team that take over the casino.
Over the past 10 years, all the casinos on the list below were sold to new owners and no union worker at these properties lost their jobs because the changes in ownership.
Bally's Bellagio Bill's Gambling Hall Binion's Caesars Palace Circus Circus Excalibur Fitzgerald's Flamingo Four Queens Golden Gate Las Vegas Hilton Luxor Mandalay Bay MIRAGE Monte Carlo Paris Las Vegas Planet Hollywood Plaza Sahara Stratosphere Treasure Island Tropicana Las Vegas Vegas Club Western
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