Big labor steering protestors away from disrupting Democratic events, planning to ‘shut down the Strip’
Big labor is steering protestors away from disrupting Democratic events and is planning to ‘shut down the Strip.’
The Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency currently finds itself locked in a court battle with the Culinary Union. The lawsuit is the result of a recent vote by Las Vegas city officials to exclude two referenda items proposed by Culinary from the June ballot.
Board members of the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency (LVRDA) and those who are dependent on them for taxpayer subsidies apparently have little shame. In response to recent public opposition to the LVRDA and its use of tax dollars to build lavish public facilities and subsidize big developers, board members of the LVRDA have jettisoned adherence to the state's ethics laws.
Much controversy has arisen over the Culinary Union’s recent opposition to the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency. City officials are claiming that the Culinary Union is operating under false pretenses.
It's been clear for a long time that little love is lost between the state teacher union and Southern Nevada's Culinary local. The hostility spilled into public view earlier this year during the state's bitter presidential preference caucus. While Culinary backed Barack Obama, the Nevada State Education Association teacher union backed Hillary Clinton, even going to court in an attempt to block Culinary members from voting at sites set up on the Las Vegas Strip.
During and after the Nevada Democratic Party's divisive caucuses last week, both camps — Clinton/teacher union and Obama/Culinary union — accused the other of attempting to intimidate voters.
Significantly, however, the very caucusing system that permitted union members and others to be subjected to threats and intimidation had earlier been approved by the leadership of both unions.
It sounds far-fetched: Union bosses working to push wages below the legal minimum? But that is what’s allowed by Subsection B of the unions’ proposed minimum wage constitutional amendment that will be on your November ballot.
For many months now, members of Nevada’s Culinary union have been hearing from their union brass that this year’s merger with UNITE, the big needle trades union, was just what the doctor ordered.
The latest assailant of Wal-Mart, Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect magazine, asserts that the low-price chain is depriving U. S. workers of a booming new-home market everywhere but Las Vegas.
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