In advance of inauguration, Trump hotels settle with unions in Las Vegas, D.C.

In advance of his inauguration as president, Republican Donald Trump – and his managers – settled disputes with Unite Here at two of Trump’s trademark hotels, in Las Vegas and Washington, D.C.

The more-notable settlement is in Las Vegas, where after more than a year of bitter anti-union battles against Culinary Workers Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165, Trump’s managers finally recognized and bargained a first contract for the 525 workers there.

Specific terms were not disclosed, but Local 226 Communications Director Bethany Khan said the wages, working conditions, benefits and other contract terms will bring the Trump Las Vegas workers – housemaids, porters, waiters, cooks and bartenders — in line with their colleagues at other unionized hotels on the Las Vegas strip. Most of the Trump workers are minority-group members, women or both.

The 4-year pact, which started Jan. 1, also includes family health care provisions, a pension and job security language, Khan said. It was reached in several days in December, news reports said.

In return, the hotel will drop its court case against the National Labor Relations Board, which sought to enforce its bargaining order against Trump management. The contract also dismisses labor law-breaking – formally called unfair labor practices — charges the NLRB filed.

“This agreement is the result of tremendous efforts of the parties’ leadership teams. Both the Culinary Union and the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas extend their congratulations to each other and each look forward to a mutually productive and peaceful labor-management partnership,” the union added. Before settling, Trump’s managers paid a “consultant” – union-buster — $500,000 to coordinate the anti-union drive, news reports said.

“Him being president or not president, he’s still our boss,” Las Vegas housekeeper Eleuteria Blanco told The Washington Post. “We beat him twice legally. He needs to sit down and negotiate our contract.”

The D.C. agreement opens the way for card-check recognition, if Unite Here Local 25 achieves the required and verified majority, at the new Trump hotel downtown, literally three blocks from the White House.

That hotel, a redevelopment of the historic Old Post Office building, is a center of controversy for different reasons: Special interests eager to curry favor with Trump have rented hugely expensive rooms and staged hugely expensive events there – despite anti-Trump protesters out front. The hotel sits on Pennsylvania Avenue and the inaugural parade will pass it, but D.C. officials have yet to decide on whether to bar protesters there. And a provision in Trump’s lease of the building bars “any federal official” from profiting from the hotel.

“The agreement speaks volumes about the hotel’s commitment to its employees and the value they place on their relationship with our organization,” Local 25 John Boardman said in a statement.  “It satisfies the union’s goal to represent and ensure strong working conditions for hospitality workers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  We look forward to pursuing a mutually productive partnership with Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C.”

Source: PAI