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Trump Hotel Workers Win Thousands in Union Organizing Retaliation Case

Trump is no stranger to workers' rights battles.

Trump is no stranger to workers’ rights battles.


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The list of citations, liens, judgments, and lawsuits against the Trump brand for unfair labor practices keeps getting longer and longer.

Last week, Trump International Hotel Las Vegas settled with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to the tune of $11,200. The lawsuit involved two Trump Hotel employees who were punished for their union support. One was denied a transfer to a full-time position, the other was fired. The hotel also promised additional job opportunities to workers who stopped supporting the union. The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 announced the settlement in a press release:

Trump International Hotel Las Vegas has agreed to settle a case and pay two workers $11,200 in lost wages to avoid going to trial after the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) general counsel issued a complaint on March 2, 2016. The complaint alleged the company fired a union supporter and denied a transfer to a full-time job to another, while promising more job opportunities to workers if they abandoned their support for the Union. The trial was set to start on June 14 before an Administrative Law Judge of the NLRB.

Last December, over 500 hotel employees voted in a decision to join the Culinary and Bartender’s Union. The recent complaint outlined the resistance workers faced from their employer in making that decision:

According to a consolidated complaint issued March 2 by Cornele A. Overstreet, the Phoenix-based regional director of NLRB’s Region 28, the hotel’s labor consultant told employees it would be futile for them to select UNITE HERE affiliates Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 as their bargaining representative because it wouldn’t help them.

[…] Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 are Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, which represents 270,00 workers in the gaming, hotel and food service industries. The culinary and bartenders unions represent casino and other workers in Las Vegas and Reno, Nev., and are the collective bargaining representative for more than 500 workers at the Trump hotel.

Though the workers prevailed in their fight to unionize, hotel management has been reluctant to accept the decision, which was ratified by the NLRB:

The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165…fought to unionize the hotel for close to a year. Workers voted to unionizeDec. 7, but management refused to recognize the vote despite federal pressure. The unions have already held several large rallies.

The hotel has also been accused of trying to illegally silence workers who supported the unions. The NLRB has filed complaints against the hotel that includes allegations of physical assault, verbal abuse, intimidation and threats to silence union supporters. Local 226 has accused the hotel of unfair suspension of five employees in 2014 and restricting the right of workers to show union support in 2015.

None of this is new for Trump. His companies have a long, sordid history of dubious anti-labor practices:

An investigation by USA Today in June revealed that Trump Organization companies have been sued at least 60 times for failure to pay employees and contractors for their work. The employees ranged from waiters at his resorts to real estate brokers selling his properties–even law firms that represented him in these very suits. Trump companies were cited for 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act since 2005.

In light of the Las Vegas dispute, the AFL-CIO named Trump “loser of the week” on February 22. They did so on again February 29 after he admitted he supports right-to-work.

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