In today’s News and Commentary, Las Vegas hotel workers reach a tentative deal with Caesars Entertainment amid threats to strike and a Tesla workers’ strike in Europe could foreshadow organizing in the U.S.
Hospitality workers announced a tentative deal with casino giant Caesars Entertainment this morning. A spokesperson for the Culinary Workers Union announced that the deal will be made public once approved by rank-and-file members. This announcement could help avert a strike of 35,000 workers at more than a dozen hotels and casinos across the city, only days before the union planned to stop work. However, a walkout may still happen at other casinos like MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts. Picket lines are planned at 45 locations along Las Vegas Strip, currently being transformed into a race track ahead of the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix on November 15.
In Sweden, workers add pressure to the first ever Tesla strike. Dockworkers promise to expand their blockade of Tesla’s shipments to all ports in Sweden next week, and electricians said they would stop servicing Tesla charging stations. IF Metall, which represents Tesla mechanics, has said it believes Tesla is bringing in new workers to replace striking mechanics. But other Swedish workers recognize this strike as crucial for maintaining the Swedish labor model. The head of the Swedish Transport Workers’ Union explained, “If we let this go, it puts a crack in the whole system.”