Service + Solidarity Spotlight: IUOE Local 501 Demands Answers on Resorts World’s Ties to China Following Company’s Attempt to Bust Union

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This month, Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 501 appealed to Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak to intervene as the union is pursuing its organizing campaign at Resorts World Las Vegas. The union alerted the governor that the casino’s parent company has close ties to Chinese state-owned enterprises—a cause for concern given a recent report of the communist government’s willingness to influence Nevada’s gaming licenses for “malign foreign policy purposes.” In its letter to Sisolak, Local 501 called for state regulators to review the parent company’s relationship with Chinese companies.

In April, the National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint against Resorts World Las Vegas, alleging that company management committed numerous violations of federal labor law in its effort to prevent more than 100 facilities maintenance workers and gaming technicians from forming a union with Local 501.