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From the Guardian: Workers fight for dignity in Trump's Las Vegas hotel


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Dec 13, 2015
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Site-link: Workers fight for dignity in Trump's Las Vegas hotel - 'You don't talk to the boss'

The National Labor Relations Board has certified a union for hotel staff, but management looks likely to appeal the decision. Meanwhile, staffers reflect on their struggles to get by: ‘For Mr Trump, we’re just a number’

Maricella Olvera encounters Donald Trump on occasion, but she’s careful not to say a word. The 47-year-old cleans the penthouse at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, where Trump, his family, and celebrity guests often come to stay. She cleans around them in silence. Trump is always uninterested.

“The policy is: you don’t talk to the boss,” she said at her small one-bedroom home, on the joyously named Sing Song Way in the city’s northern suburbs.

While Olvera may be silent at work, she and a collective of cleaners, bar workers, and kitchen staff at the Trump hotel have been a thorn in the billionaire’s side for the past year, using what voice they have to remind the public of the hypocrisy that surrounds his audacious run for the presidency and his record as an employer.

Although Trump has touted himself as “the greatest jobs president that God has ever created”, these workers point to the fact they are paid on average $3 less than the thousands of unionised hotel workers in Las Vegas who work identical jobs and enjoy a host of other benefits, including pensions and free health insurance, not available to Trump employees.

Earlier this month, following a protracted dispute with Trump and his co-owner, casino billionaire Phil Ruffin, the National Labor Relations Board officially certified a union for over 500 staff at the hotel. Workers argue they have been subjected to surveillance, intimidation, and unlawful dismissal as they have sought to organize.

Hotel management has so far consistently rejected calls to sit down and negotiate a new contract and appear likely to appeal the certification. It is estimated by the Culinary Workers Union that 98% of casinos and hotels on the strip and in downtown Las Vegas are unionised, making the company’s stance a near total outlier. Meanwhile, the billionaire’s campaign filings reveal he values his stake in the hotel at $50m, with a generated income of more than $27m.

Given the furious manner in which the hotel has sought to stymie any Union Organizing, it is amazing that Trump's political support amongst that class of people is as strong as it is. Perhaps not the Spanish speaking migrants/immigrants obviously, because they have seen first hand the sweat-shop wages that he imposes in order to make a profit from his hotels.

And this is the guy who's going to have Mexico build a wall to keep out the migrants? Well, if that stoopidty boosts the wages of migrants/immigrants already working at his hotels then perhaps it's a fine idea?

But, that is NOT his purpose. Trump is a Political Chameleon who will blabbermouth to any crowd anywhere whatever he thinks they want to hear. Like a flag in the wind, he bends in any direction from which the wind is blowing.

You want to see how quick that knee-jerking changes once in office, with his finger on the Nuclear Button?

I don't ...
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