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Culinary Union members vote to end contract extensions

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Culinary Union members vote to end contract extensions

By Stacey Gualandi. CREATED Feb 20, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Culinary Union Local 226 vote results are in. There was an overwhelming majority to end contract extensions.

Members voted on Thursday evening to end the extensions with unsettled casinos.

Union members met at the union hall to cast a ballot.

When votes were counted, 95-percent of members from unsettled properties who voted, voted to end the contract extensions with six Las Vegas Strip and ten downtown casinos.

They failed to negotiate a new contract with the union, since their agreements ended last June.

Members said this is a historical decision and are ready for whatever comes next.

"It's so important because we want to reassure that we are together, we are united and that we want the standard of living for everyone to be equal and justified with good wages for everyone else," said union member and Mirage employee Margarita Correa.

A total of 650 members voted Thursday.

They will now notify the unsettled properties including Stratosphere, TI and Tropicana on the Strip and 4 Queens, Golden Nugget and the D downtown.

Then after 14 days the union can decide to picket, boycott and even strike.

Recently, MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment properties settled new contracts. 97-percent of those union members voted to support their fellow workers.

Sylvia Buenrostro, an employee of Stratosphere, said, "We're just getting ready and preparing. We're still open for negotiations and the properties are not settled. If they don't want to settle, now we just gotta get ready. Nobody wants to be on strike but if that would be the case, then we just have to get ready for it."

The union will be voting whether to authorize a potential strike on March 13.