In Las Vegas, Senator Rosen Celebrates Culinary Union’s New Contracts, Pledges Continued Support for Workers’ Rights

LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) joined Vice President Kamala Harris, Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su, members of the Nevada congressional delegation, and Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members at the Culinary Union Hall to celebrate the new five-year contracts that Culinary recently won with three of the biggest gaming companies in Las Vegas.

Culinary’s new contracts include historic pay raises for more than 40,000 unionized hospitality workers, totaling nearly $2 billion in overall compensation throughout the contract’s life — including a 10 percent wage increase for workers during the first year, and a 32 percent increase over the five-year period. During the event, Senator Rosen highlighted the importance of unions for Nevada’s workers and families, and called for passing the PRO Act and raising the federal minimum wage.

“I know firsthand the incredible things unions do to uplift Nevada’s hardworking families, build up our middle class, and help Nevadans achieve the American Dream,” said Senator Rosen. “All workers deserve a good-paying job, a safe workplace, and a secure retirement. I’m standing with members of the Culinary Workers Union to celebrate their historic wins and new contracts because one job should be enough.”

Senator Rosen has been a strong advocate for Nevada’s workers. Last year, Rosen helped introduce the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which would strengthen protections for workers’ right to organize a union and bargain for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions. Rosen also helped pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act, all of which have helped bring more good-paying union jobs to Nevada. Rosen is also a co-sponsor of the FAMILY Act, which would provide all workers with twelve weeks of paid parental, medical, and caregiving leave. Rosen has also helped introduce legislation to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.