Cooks, servers, bartenders, dishwashers, bussers, and hosts at Alexxa’s Kitchen and Bar inside Paris Casino have joined workers from Eataly Las Vegas at Park MGM in the Culinary Union campaign to organize 10,000 non-union restaurant workers on the Las Vegas Strip.
Alexxa’s owner JRS Hospitality has responded to their employees’ request for the company to be neutral as workers organize with anti-union meetings run by third-party consultants Labor Information Services, the same anti-union firm Amazon hired and paid $665,000.
Alexxa’s owner JRS Hospitality was founded by local Vegas businessmen Perry Rogers, Matthew Silverman, and Corey Jenkins, and Alexxa’s will be part of Club Paris during Formula 1.
Restaurant workers at Alexxa’s are organizing to address the deep inequality inside Paris Casino: Non-union restaurant workers work in the same property as unionized workers at Bobby’s Burgers by Bobby Flay, Brioche by Guy Savoy, Cafe Americano, Gordon Ramsay Steak, JJ’s Boulangerie, La Creperie, Nobu, The Bedford by Martha Stewart, and Vanderpump and the union workers make as much as $6 an hour more in wages, have free health care, a pension, and a contract that guarantees fairness for gratuities and service charges for large events.
“I’m fighting to join the union because I’m 50-years-old and Culinary Union members have great benefits including a pension. I’d like to be able to retire one day with dignity. Otherwise, I would have to work as a bartender until my hands don’t work anymore or I die. I took the Bartenders Union’s training program in 2019. In that class, I learned about the first-time home buyers union benefit. I’ve never bought a home before and owning a home is why I moved to Las Vegas from San Diego. The first-time home buyers union program would help me buy my first home. Joining a union is good for every worker, especially for younger people, and is an investment in your future. You can win quality health insurance, a pension, a living wage, job security, and overall higher standards for all workers. I’m fighting to join the Culinary Union because one job should definitely be enough!”
—Jesse Goodsell, bartender at Alexxa’s in Paris Las Vegas for over 2 years
“I’m fighting for a fair process to choose whether to unionize because we don’t have job security at Alexxa’s. At work, we are held responsible for walkouts, which I don’t think is fair. We also aren’t paid the same as union workers doing the same job as us in nearby restaurants and we pay a lot of money each month for health insurance, which is why I am considering getting a second job as a gig worker to get extra money.”
—Griffin Herlihy, busser in Alexxa’s at Paris Las Vegas for over 2 years