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Culinary Union, Sodexo reach contract agreement ahead of initial strike

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Union workers are putting down their pickets after reaching an agreement with Sodexo Live!

The Culinary Union announced a new 4-year contract with the company Friday night, hours ahead of their initial strike.

Workers made signs on Thursday and were prepared to strike outside the Las Vegas Convention Center on Saturday at 6 a.m. if an agreement was not met.

The strike was averted days before the construction trade show ConExpo takes over the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday.

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Union officials demanded higher pay and benefits, arguing they were not offered a living wage.

The new contract is expected to cover 400 workers providing historic wage increases, mandates that temporary workers are to be paid union wages and benefits, technology language that protects workers and their jobs, as well as health care benefits, pension, and job security in the state.

“The Culinary Union has fought hard to protect workers over the last 88 years and we are proud that this new agreement is the best contract with the highest wage increases that Sodexo LIVE! / Centerplate workers have ever had while continuing to protect health care and pension benefits for 400 hospitality workers who work so hard everyday to keep the Las Vegas Convention Center running,” Ted Pappageorge, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union, said in a news release.

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The Culinary Union and Sodexo Live! will be voting over the next week to ratify the contract.

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