STATEMENT by Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge regarding Losee Station Resort & Casino public hearing at the North Las Vegas City Council:



Wednesday, September 14, 2022 


Bethany Khan: ▪ (702) 387-7088 

STATEMENT by Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge regarding Losee Station Resort & Casino public hearing at the North Las Vegas City Council:

The Culinary Union represents over 7,300 workers who live in the City of North Las Vegas. 

The applicant for the Losee Station project has not provided a definitive development timeline so it is impossible for anyone to make an informed decision on the potential impact of building such a massive casino hotel at this site. What will a massive development like this do to roads, water, sanitation, and related services in the area when, or if, it’s built in two years, five years, or ten years? 

It is equally impossible to know how the proposed project will impact other public services and the consumption of natural resources in that area two, five, or ten years out.

As City of North Las Vegas is aware, the code requires construction to begin within two years of approval. The proposed project is in an area which still is relatively undeveloped. It appears this is speculative zoning and the applicant can simply come before you in two years requesting an extension of time to extend the potential development of their project. This does not serve the community at-large. This property is more properly utilized in a manner which will address current needs for housing, employment and community development. 

The company just permanently closed two casino hotels in the city and started their demolition this week. They have already destroyed hundreds of jobs and left areas blighted in North Las Vegas with their actions. How will this new project be any more viable than their existing vacant properties?

There are clear standards for the establishment of a Gaming Enterprise District. Culinary Union respectfully contends those standards have not been met by this applicant and so we urge City of North Las Vegas to deny their applications today. 


Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, represent 60,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, including at most of the casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. UNITE HERE represents 300,000 workers in gaming, hotel, and food service industries in North America. 

The Culinary Union, through the Culinary Health Fund, is one of the largest healthcare consumers in the state. The Culinary Health Fund is sponsored by the Culinary Union and Las Vegas-area employers. It provides health insurance coverage for over 145,000 Nevadans, the Culinary Union’s members and their dependents.  

The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest Latinx/Black/AAPI/immigrant organization with members who come from 178 countries and speak over 40 different languages. We are proud to have helped over 18,000 immigrants become American citizens and new voters since 2001 through our affiliate, The Citizenship Project.  

The Culinary Union has a diverse membership which is 55% women and 45% immigrants. The demographics of Culinary Union members are approximately: 54% Latinx, 18% white, 15% Asian, 12% Black, and less than 1% Indigenous Peoples. 

Culinary Union members work as: Guest room attendants, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, bartenders, laundry and kitchen workers. The Culinary Union has been fighting and winning for working families in Nevada for 87 years. / @Culinary226 


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