Don't Bet with Our Health: MGM Casino Workers to Keep Benefits

Union workers at Las Vegas Strip casinos owned by MGM Resorts International have overwhelmingly approved a contract that preserves health benefits and aims to bring back workers laid off when restaurants closed during the recession.

Officials with the Culinary Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 say 97 percent of voters approved the agreement Wednesday.

The contract will cover more than 21,000 employees at Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Slots A Fun, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo and the New York-New York Hotel.

Some of the terms would apply to about 5,000 additional workers at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, Signature and Vdara hotels.

MGM Resorts is the first company in Las Vegas to settle with the union after contracts expired citywide on June 1.

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