Virgin Shows Teeth With ‘Final Offer’ In Culinary Union Talks

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas has hit out at the Culinary Union while submitting its final improved employee contract proposal. [Image:]

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas has come out all guns blazing in its showdown with Culinary Local over improved employee contracts. The Las Vegas Review-Journal cited a Wednesday release from Virgin Hotels stating it had submitted its “last, best and final offer” to union-represented employees.

The aggressive negotiating stance from Virgin comes a little over a week since a 48-hour strike by more than 700 of the casino-resort’s hospitality workers.

The off-Strip casino-resort is the last in Vegas to not offer its employees improved contracts. Most market competitors delivered wage increases to avoid mass strikes on February 5, this includes Caesars Entertainment, Wynn Resorts, and MGM Resorts International.

fired a broadside at Culinary Union, stating it had not negotiated “in good faith”

In decreeing its final offer, Virgin, however, fired a broadside at Culinary Union, stating it had not negotiated “in good faith.” Virgin accused the union of misinforming the press and the casino-resort’s employees about the “negotiations and the proposals” it had engaged Culinary in.

“Despite our best intentions, the Union has chosen to engage in ‘take it or leave it’ bargaining,” the resorts stated. “Their tactics have made it impossible to negotiate a complete agreement.” Virgin concluded its explosive statement by stating the union’s methods were “hurting” its employees.

The LVR-J reported Virgin officials remained tight-lipped when asked for details of their firm’s final proposal. The Culinary Union, however, issued a press release announcing it would make itself available to the media in relation to Virgin on Thursday at 11am.