Red Rock Resort Slot Technicians Call for Union Decertification Vote

Slot machine technicians at the Red Rock Resort are asking the National Labor Relations Board for a vote to decertify International Union of Operating Engineers Local 501 as a union representative.

Technician Jereme Barrios submitted the petition to the NLRB with legal assistance from the nonprofit National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. Barrios declined an interview, citing the possibility of union repercussions.

Representatives of the foundation, which provides legal aid to employees who believe their rights have been violated by compulsory unionism, hope a decertification vote can be held by April. He wouldn’t say how many employees signed the petition, but said there were enough to demand a vote.

IUOE representatives did not respond to requests for comment.

The petition request could affect other union issues in Southern Nevada.

Thomas Stallings and his fellow janitors at the Palms, which Red Rock Resorts sold to the San Manuel Mission Indian Band last year, are also trying to get a vote to remove the IUOE along with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades from their workplace.

The Palms is expected to reopen under San Manuel management later this spring.

Additionally, Red Rock employee Raynell Teske is leading an effort to overturn a union representation decision involving the property’s culinary union.

Station Casinos was ordered to bargain in good faith with unions for Red Rock Resort employees after a federal appeals court panel refused to overturn a lower court ruling.

A panel of judges from the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in November upholding an order issued by U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro in July that requires Station Casinos to negotiate with Culinary Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165 until a federal labor commission to render a decision on the dispute.

A Culinary representative said the union “stands with IUOE Local Lodge 501 and opposes efforts by the Washington DC-area National Right to Work Legal Foundation to interfere. in Labor Affairs in Las Vegas”.

“With respect to the Culinary Union election at Red Rock Casino, Judge Navarro … ruled that Red Rock had committed such gross labor violations that an injunction and bargain order were required,” said culinary spokeswoman Bethany Khan. “The Culinary Union is confident that Judge Navarro was right and that her decision will continue to be appealed.”

The Culinary Union has been trying to unionize Station properties for several years, with some of these campaigns having been successful. But Station Casinos and the syndicate have not signed a contract at any of these properties.

In a statement, National Right to Work Legal Foundation President Ron Mix said Red Rock’s fights with the IUOE, the culinary union and the Palms dispute with IUPAT will continue.

“Las Vegas union officials probably think they can violate workers’ free choice rights without any consequences because it seems like ‘union house always wins’ in NLRB Region 28,” Mix said. “Mr. Barrios, Ms. Teske and Mr. Stallings defend themselves and their colleagues by standing up to unpopular union bosses. Foundation lawyers will fight to ensure their voices are heard even if the game may seem to be stacked against the self-employed minded.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. To follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.

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