Presidential Candidate Donald Trump isn’t terribly happy with his poll numbers dropping as fast as a Vegas hooker’s panties. However, Hotel Owner Donald Trump is even unhappier today. Even though Trump fought tooth and nail to prevent his workers from receiving fair wages, and tried every single dirty trick in the book to prevent them from unionizing, he lost.
The National Labor Relations Board has certified the workers of the Trump International Hotel as a union, meaning that now the workers of Trump’s Vegas hotel can now demand a contract, and protection from being fired.
The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165 have fought to unionize the Trump Las Vegas hotel. Hotel workers voted to unionize Dec. 7, but management has refused to recognize the vote despite federal pressure. Even now with the National Labor Relations Board certifying the union, Trump has promised to fight them with a legal battle — making sure they won’t be able to ask for fair wages until that battle is done.
However, many workers expressed to the media that they were being pressured by Trump staff to vote against their best interest. Some even reported that they were threatened with being fired if they voted for unionization, something that if correct is both unethical and illegal.
Housekeeper Marisela Olvera said:
They pressured us a lot. They told us the union only wants our money, that if we supported the union we’d lose our jobs, that the company would put our names on a blacklist and no other hotels in Las Vegas would hire us. They told us to think of what our children would do if we were out of work. Everyone was very stressed. People were afraid. But bendito sea Diós, we still won, even with all that pressure.”
According to Vegas Inc, Trump has been playing extremely dirty and labor complaint was filed for their potentially illegal action.
Specifically, the complaint alleges that a hotel labor consultant told employees last year that the Culinary would not help them and said “it would be futile for them to select the union as their bargaining representative.” The consultant also guaranteed “job opportunities to transfer to different positions” if workers stopped supporting the union, according to the complaint.
The complaint says those alleged actions mean the hotel “has been interfering with, restraining and coercing” workers exercising rights guaranteed by law.
Furthermore, the labor board’s complaint says the hotel terminated a certain employee and did not transfer another one to a full-time server job because they “formed, joined and assisted the union and engaged in concerted activities.”
In carrying out those alleged actions, the hotel “has been discriminating in regard to the hire or tenure or terms or conditions of employment” of workers and has unlawfully discouraged membership in a labor organization, the complaint says.
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