by Tom Gogola
The service union Unite-Here announced yesterday that workers at the Graton Casino had voted to unionize.
About 600 janitors, cooks, waiters and gaming workers will come under the Unite-Here umbrella after a two-day vote in mid-June that saw over 70 percent of affected workers vote in favor of unionization.
The union will now negotiate a collective-bargaining contract with the developer and operator, Station Casinos. The casino is owned by the Graton Federated Tribes, which had an agreement with Unite-Here to let a union vote go forward without interference from management.
The vote was held in a casino meeting room rented by the union.
In a statement, Wei-Ling Huber, President of Unite-Here local 2850 says the tribe has “been committed from day one to operating a casino where workers have the freedom to decide about union representation without interference.”
The Las Vegas-based Station Casinos opened Graton Casino in 2013.