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In the "I Will Build a Hotel in Las Vegas and Make the Unions Pay for It" Department, NLRB Throws Out the Donald's Objections and Certifies Union at his Vegas Hotel

 

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In the "I Will Build a Hotel in Las Vegas and Make the Unions Pay for It" Department, NLRB Throws Out the Donald's Objections and Certifies Union at his Vegas Hotel

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BREAKING: Donald Trump's Las Vegas Hotel Is Officially Unionized

BY ALICE OLLSTEIN APR 4, 2016 2:57 PM   Inline image 1

CREDIT: AP PHOTO/JOHN LOCHER

 

Overruling objections filed by Donald Trump's corporation, the National Labor Relations Board officially certified a union for more than 500 workers at the Trump International Hotel just off the Las Vegas strip. The workers, who voted to unionize last December, are now demanding the hotel's management sit down with them to negotiate a contract immediately. Yet management has indicated they will instead appeal the Labor Board's decision to the federal agency in Washington.

"We're just waiting for a contract," housekeeper Maria Jaramillo told ThinkProgress. "We deserve one. We're not second-class workers. So we're here, waiting for him."

Despite the new ruling in their favor, the workers may have to keep waiting. The hotel's decision to appeal is in keeping with their longstanding efforts to prevent their employees from organizing. Workers told ThinkProgress they were subjected to intimidation by their supervisors and the "union avoidance" consulting firm they hired.

"They pressured us a lot [to vote no]," housekeeper Marisela Olvera told ThinkProgress. "They told us the union only wants our money, that if we supported the union we'd lose our jobs, that the company would put our names on a blacklist and no other hotels in Las Vegas would hire us. They told us to think of what our children would do if we were out of work. Everyone was very stressed. People were afraid. But bendito sea DiĆ³s, we still won, even with all that pressure."

Yet as soon as a majority of the 523 workers in Trump's hotel voted to unionize with the Culinary Workers Union on December 5, the hotel's management tried to have the results thrown out, claiming that workers were intimidated by the Culinary Workers Union into voting yes. After weeks of reviewing their claims, a local officer of the National Labor Relations Board sided with the workers in February, saying Trump management provided "insufficient evidence" of wrongdoing. The company then appealed to the regional board of the NLRB, which also shot down their claimsand recommended the workers' union be certified.

The workers say they hope to pressure Trump to stop fighting their organizing efforts and instead negotiate a union contract -- which the vast majority of Vegas hotel workers already enjoy.

"He says he wants to make America great," Olvera said. "Well, he should start here in his own house, his own business. He always brags about how he has millions and millions and millions of dollars, but he pays his workers less than most in Las Vegas."

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