Gaming Division

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Local 721 members, who are Las Vegas dealers, pose for a group shot at their picnic- an event that has been held annually since the creation of the Gaming Division.

In late 2007 hundreds of dealers from the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada stood in line along the famous Vegas strip. They were all there to vote “Union Yes,” prompting a revival of the previously fledging TWU Local 721. Quickly, the Vegas Local flourished into an active base of over 1200 members, representing employees from Caesars Palace and the Wynn. Local 721 sent a clear, resonating message: “We are here to stay.”

The Gaming Division was officially created on January 30, 2007. On hand to mark this historic event was (from left to right) International Organizer Steve Roberts, Director of Gaming Joseph Carbon, International President James C. Little, International Secretary Treasurer Joseph C. Gordon, and International Vice President Harry Lombardo.

Vegas cash hoarders had gone unchecked for too long and hard working dealers, who were tired of being taken advantage of, unionized to let their oppressive employers know it was going to end. Management aggressively fought the feared collective voice of their workers as the unions gathered strength in numbers. Local law firms held a union-busting meeting and a legal battle ensued over Wynn dealers’ lost tips. Wynn Las Vegas was disgracefully found to be in violation of Federal Law and a media circus ensued over the scandal. Wynn faced charges on numerous counts under the National Labor Relations Act.

In 2008 TWU International President Jim Little announced the formation of the TWU Gaming Division. Rising from his position as an organizer, Joe Carbon was placed at the head of the new division to guide and direct dealers in pursuit of their best interests.

In 2010 the Local 721 members at Wynn scored a historic victory with by securing the first collectively bargained contract for dealers in Vegas, but management at Caesar’s continues to drag their feet in negotiations. The Local 721 dealers continue to contribute actively to their union through direct action and demonstrations that serve as day-to-day reminders that they are there to continue the fight against their overzealous employers.

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