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NLRB Rules Trump’s Vegas Hotel Violated NLRA by Refusing to Collectively Bargain

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas violated the National Labor Relations Act when it refused to bargain with more than 500 of its recently unionized workers. Workers at the hotel voted to affiliate with the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 in December 2015 and Trump’s organization has been resisting ever since:

“Mr. Trump is breaking federal law and Trump Hotel Las Vegas is operating illegally,” said Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Arguello-Kline. “Mr. Trump should accept the federal government’s order to negotiate and treat his workers with respect.”

[…] The NLRB’s decision orders Trump Ruffin Commercial LLC to recognize and bargain with the workers, who are represented by Nevada’s powerful Culinary Workers Union Local 226, an affiliate of UNITE HERE. The NLRB also ordered the company, owned by Trump and casino owner Phillip Ruffin, to post notices to hotel employees about the violation.

While this particular NLRB decision came along during the final days of the election cycle, these sorts of revelations about Trump’s Las Vegas property are nothing new.

This is not the first time that Trump’s Las Vegas partnership has been found guilty of law breaking. The NLRB has issued three separate unfair labor practice complaints against Trump’s Las Vegas operation alleging conduct including firing and threatening to fire union supporters, suspending employees, interrogating and intimidating employees and maintaining illegal rules that prohibited employees from communicating with each other and the public.

For more on Trump’s troubled history with organized labor in Las Vegas, read this piece about retaliation.


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