Struggle for worker rights, recognition continues at Station Casinos after National Labor Relations Board upholds finding of massive unfair labor practices

15.01.13 Urgent Action
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Housekeeping and restaurant workers at Las Vegas casino-hotels owned by Station Casinos LLC and operated by Fertitta Entertainment LLC continue to fight for a fair process to exercise their right to union organization following the October 2 decision of the National Labor Relations Board to uphold an earlier legal ruling that the company committed 87 unfair labor practices in its anti-union campaign.

Act Now - send a message to the executives of Deutsche Bank, which owns 25% of Station Casinos!

Station Casinos, the worst violator of labor law in the history of the Nevada gaming industry, is privately owned by Deutsche Bank of Frankfurt and Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta of Las Vegas, among others.

Before its latest legal setback, Station Casinos had repeatedly tried to dismiss the NLRB judge's findings that the company broke US federal labor law. 

On September 23, 2011, company senior vice president of human resources Valerie Murzl said the company was "confident" that, on appeal, the NLRB would rule that "in no instance did Station Casinos violate any aspect of the National Labor Relations Act."

On September 26, 2011, one of the company's attorneys, Peter Panteleo of DLP Piper, said that the ULPs to be reviewed by the NLRB were "not even worth the price of admission."

Now, as ordered by the NLRB, the company has posted a Notice to Employees in all its facilities that states: "The National Labor Relations Board has found that we violated Federal labor law and has ordered us to post and obey this notice." The notice informs employees of their rights and what the company will and will not do according to the NLRB's broad cease-and-desist order.

The company may still appeal to federal court.

Station Casinos, in its October 19 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, states that "We believe we have very good employee relations." Investors in the company should be asking the company whether the management and legal strategy that led to repeated violations of federal labor law continues.

The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, have supported the organizing campaign at Station Casinos through rallies, mass protests/arrests and ongoing efforts to alert customers to the company's anti-union attacks on its employees.

Management has posted the required Notice to Employees, but workers continue to demand their rights. Act Now - send a message to the executives of Deutsche Bank, which owns 25% of Station Casinos, telling them to use their influence to ensure the casino company does the right thing!