Palms Casino GM steps aside

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Palms Casino GM steps aside

The general manager of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas has resigned, according to a company statement.

News Las Vegas reports that Jon Gray was general manager and vice president of the Station Casinos-owned off-Strip resort.

It is unclear when his decision became effective.

Station Casinos said Gray chose “to move on to the next chapter of his career” following the Palms’ completion of $690 million in redevelopments.

“Having played a key role in our complete transformation of that property, Jon will be greatly missed at the Palms,” the statement reads.

“We are extremely grateful for his manly valuable contributions to the property over the years and wish him the very best of success as he proceeds to his next challenge.”

The Palms celebrated its grand reopening earlier this year with a weekend that included performances from recording artists Cardi B, Travis Scott and Skrillex.

The resort has also been involved in several recent labour issues.

Union officials alleged in May that the Palms refused to negotiate with them in violation of labour law, with the issue reaching federal labour regulations.

Workers protest at Las Vegas casinos

Las Vegas could be set for an interesting day, with employees from properties owned by Stations Casinos set to picket and make their plight known in a very public fashion, Calvin Ayre reports.

According to a press release from Director of Communication and Digital Strategy Bethany Khan of the Culinary Union Local 226, more than 1000 members of the UNITE HERE union, to which Khan’s local pertains, are going to picket outside the casino at 5-6pm this evening.

The move comes after the casino’s brass refused to recognise a legal vote by employees to unionise, leading to allegations of federal employment law violations.

Because the brass won’t accept the results of the union vote, the National Labor Relations Board has had to take its fight to court.

Station Casinos has refused all attempts to negotiate the terms of a union contact with Palms Employees, forcing the NLRB to seek relief through legal channels.

According to Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Secretary Treasurer for the Culinary Union, “Station Casinos always said it would respect the rights of its employees to organise and vote for a union. Yet after workers voted to unionise by 84 per cent at Palms, the company tried to overturn the elections and are now illegally refusing to negotiate.”

Six casinos in Station’s portfolio have been working to unionise, finding resistance at every turn.

These include Boulder Station, which voted in 2016, Palace Station and Green Valley Ranch, which voted the following year, Palms last year and Sunset Station and Fiesta Rancho from earlier this year.

The inability of Station executives to recognise the legality of the union should be enough to question its ability to continue to hold a Nevada gaming licence.

Whether or not companies agree with unions is irrelevant – they’re protected by law and businesses don’t have the option of denying workers’ rights to unionise.

The issue has become so frustrating for Station employees that they are taking their picketing efforts beyond company properties as well.

They announced a few days ago that they would also picket certain business partners of the casino operator across the country, including Bank of America, Citizens Bank, several law firms, a yacht company that build a vessel for Station owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, and others.

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