This year’s Las Vegas Grand Prix could face a situation that has been affecting the United States for several months. Since the beginning of the summer, various strikes have occurred throughout the USA, especially the Writers’ Guild strike, involving TV series scriptwriters, which was recently resolved, and the ongoing Actors Guild strike. Another active union in these demonstrations is in the automotive sector. They have recently initiated their protests.
What is now “concerning” F1 fans who will be experiencing the American event is the Las Vegas chefs’ union, which has declared that 95% of industry workers have voted in favor of strikes, even though a specific date is not yet set. However, The Street website has warned that the negative effects on the industry could be “greater than COVID.”
The official statement on strikes in America
The union’s statement reports that: “The Culinary and Bartenders Union’s committee is authorized to call a strike in 22 Strip Las Vegas casinos operated by major employers MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, and Wynn/Encore Resorts.” After these words, organizers of the Las Vegas Grand Prix are very concerned that the festive weekend they are planning for fans from around the world may soon turn into a nightmare for everyone.
Just over a month before its debut on the Formula 1 calendar, Ted Pappageorge, treasurer-secretary of the chefs’ union, stated: “Today, culinary and bartenders’ union members have sent the strongest possible message to the casino industry, urging them to negotiate a fair contract as soon as possible. We have negotiations scheduled next week with MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, and Wynn/Encore Resorts, and it’s up to the three major Las Vegas employers to step up and do the right thing.”
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“If these gaming companies don’t reach an agreement, the workers have spoken, and we’ll be ready to do whatever it takes, including striking. Workers have carried each of these companies through the pandemic and into a strong recovery, and workers deserve a fair share. The companies are doing very well, and we ask that workers not be left behind.”