Finding a Fair Wage in Las Vegas

Hospitality industry workers are able to find economic prosperity with the support of Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and training from the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas.

Instructor Jeff Wallace, center, teaches students during the Professional Cook class at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas.


Instructor Jeff Wallace, center, teaches students during the Professional Cook class at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas.

A student sautees green beans during the Professional Cook class at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas.


A student sautees green beans during the Professional Cook class at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas.

Students make beds during the Guest Room Attendant class at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas.

Students make beds during the Guest Room Attendant class at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas.

Paul Femia, executive director of training with Unite Here! Bartenders Local #165, teaches students proper drink pouring techniques during an apprentice training program class at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas.

Paul Femia, executive director of training with Unite Here! Bartenders Local #165, teaches students proper drink pouring techniques during an apprentice training program class at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas.

Paul Femia, executive director of training with Unite Here! Bartenders Local #165, center, teaches students proper drink pouring techniques during an apprentice training program class at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas.

Paul Femia, executive director of training with Unite Here! Bartenders Local #165, center, teaches students proper drink pouring techniques during an apprentice training program class at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas.

Pro-unionization signage for Station Casinos workers is seen in a classroom at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas.

Pro-unionization signage for Station Casinos workers is seen in a classroom at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas.

A collage commemorating a hunger strike by Station Casinos employees for the right to unionize is seen at the home of Casiano Corpus Jr..

A collage commemorating a hunger strike by Station Casinos employees for the right to unionize is seen at the home of Casiano Corpus Jr..

At his home, Casiano Corpus Jr. prepares to put the name tag on his uniform before leaving to work a graveyard shift at Palace Station hotel-casino, a non-union hotel.

At his home, Casiano Corpus Jr. prepares to put the name tag on his uniform before leaving to work a graveyard shift at Palace Station hotel-casino, a non-union hotel.

Casiano Corpus Jr., a porter at Palace Station hotel-casino, shows the pro-union buttons on his uniform before leaving to work a graveyard shift at Palace Station hotel-casino. Corpus is a union committee leader, advocating for the hotel to allow a union to be formed.

Casiano Corpus Jr., a porter at Palace Station hotel-casino, shows the pro-union buttons on his uniform before leaving to work a graveyard shift at Palace Station hotel-casino. Corpus is a union committee leader, advocating for the hotel to allow a union to be formed.

The Las Vegas Strip is seen in the distance.

The Las Vegas Strip is seen in the distance.

Thousands of Culinary Workers Union Local 226, Unite Here! Bartenders Local #165 and pro-union supporters march along the Las Vegas Strip.

Thousands of Culinary Workers Union Local 226, Unite Here! Bartenders Local #165 and pro-union supporters march along the Las Vegas Strip.