A’s, Culinary reach agreement on organizing workers at proposed stadium

Howard Stutz
Howard Stutz

Culinary Workers Local 226 said in a statement Friday it had reached an agreement with the Oakland A’s on a proposed new stadium in Las Vegas that would allow workers at the $1.5 billion ballpark to potentially join the union.

Culinary Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge said the agreement with the A’s guarantees that workers will have the right to organize and negotiate union contracts.

“We hope there will be a path forward for all stakeholders so the A’s can join the Las Vegas Golden Knights and the Las Vegas Raiders to continue this transformation as Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world, also becomes the sporting capital of the world,” Pappageorge said.

The A’s did not respond to a request for comment.

The A’s announced on April 20 a “binding agreement” to acquire a 49-acre site on Tropicana Boulevard and Dean Martin Drive from Red Rock Resorts. The agreement included a $500 million public funding package involving tax credits and the creation of a special taxation district to help fund stadium construction. 

On Thursday The Nevada Independent reported the A’s had scrapped that deal and the team was working with Bally’s Corp. to build the stadium on 9 acres of the 34-acre Tropicana Las Vegas site, a move expected to reduce the amount of public financing sought for the project to $395 million.

The Culinary, which represents 60,000 hospitality workers in Las Vegas and Reno, has contracts for workers at Allegiant Stadium, T-Mobile Arena and the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The agreement with the union follows a separate deal with the Southern Nevada Building Trades, which announced on April 22 it had signed a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the A’s for the stadium’s construction.

Vince Saavedra, executive secretary-treasurer of the building trades group, said the agreement ensures local workers and contractors will be used for the construction of the stadium, adding that the project will create 10,000 jobs starting in 2024.

The PLA was announced after the original 49-acre site at Tropicana and Dean Martin Drive was announced, but a building trades official said it would transfer to the stadium location.

"Our members are ready and eager to get to work on this project, and we look forward to partnering with the A’s to create a state-of-the-art stadium,” Saavedra said in the April 22 announcement. “We are proud to support the A's move to Las Vegas and are committed to ensuring that this project is a success for the community.”

A’s President Dave Kaval said in the same statement the team “spent nearly two years doing due diligence and building relationships with elected officials and community leaders, such as the Southern Nevada Building Trades.”

The A’s also gained support from six Southern Nevada chambers of commerce for the potential move, including the Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Nevada AAPI Chamber of Commerce, Henderson Chamber of Commerce, Latin Chamber of Commerce, Urban Chamber of Commerce and Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce.

“The A’s understand the importance of being positive corporate citizens and community champions,” Vegas Chamber CEO Mary Beth Sewald said in an April 27 statement. “Las Vegas is committed to being a model for successful corporate and community partnerships and the Vegas Chamber looks forward to what that could mean for our community.”


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