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Las Vegas hospitality worker unions set Feb 2 strike deadline

Jan 8 (Reuters) – Unions representing hospitality workers in Las Vegas said on Monday they will ask their 7,700 members to go on a strike on Feb. 2, if they do not have a labor contract by then.

The Culinary Workers and Bartenders Unions are engaged in contract negotiations with 21 casino resorts in Las Vegas.

The unions warned that they might launch targeted strikes sooner at individual properties if contract negotiations break down ahead of the strike deadline.

In case an agreement on a new contract is not reached by the set deadline, negotiations would cease and labor demonstrations would begin outside of casino properties followed by strikes, the union added in a statement.

The Las Vegas unions are demanding higher wages, stronger protections against new technology that may threaten jobs, a reduction in steep quotas for housekeepers, and improved safety for workers.

Last year, MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment reached a deal with Las Vegas union members just days before the strike deadline. (Reporting by Pratyush Thakur in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)

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