entitled to strip the dealers of the tips they earn from satisfied
customers, the Nevada Supreme Court had set a new precedent that could
have national effects.
Last week the Nevada Supreme Court ruled in favor of the casino
magnate just in time for their 2014 campaign fund raisings and campaign
donations, hoping that Wynn would come to grease their palms.
The law, according to Nevada Revised Statute 608.160(1)(a),
specifically reads that “It is unlawful for any person to take all or
part of any tips or gratuities bestowed upon the employees of that person
distributed among others in the same shift or in the same working day,
like many casinos have been doing for several years now.
Wynn, the owner of a hotel casino that bear his last name, insists
that he needs to take that money from the dealers to raise the
salaries of his supervisory team overseeing the gaming tables.
There is no limit as to who can be included in the tips distribution
and how extensive that distribution can be after the ruling of the
Nevada Supreme Court.
Technically, the tip distribution can include the casino porter that
sweeps under the tipper’s chair, the mens room valet who offers the
gambler a towel to dry his hands, the food server in the restaurant,
or anyone else that comes in touch with the tipper, high-roller or
Many casino workers have been offered a supervisory position and most
of them, or at least those who know the business, have refused that
opportunity; technically an hourly rate is less money that those of
the dealers, and very few people want a supervisory job; that is why
Steve Wynn needs to raise “his people’s” salaries at the dealers’
Tony Badillo, the founder of the dealers union and a dealer for
forty-two years at the Sands Hotel, was not surprised with the Supreme
Court decision because “Wynn has too much money and that impresses
politicians, especially in election year with all judges running for
re-election,” he told the Las Vegas Tribune during an appearance on
Face The Tribune radio show on radiotribune.com.
Badillo carries the distinction of being the only union leader that
successfully picketed Wynn Resorts twice without an altercation or any
Ironically, the Culinary Union Local 226 that brags about how much
they care for the community and for its members ignores another labor
union struggle with injustice and took sides with casino moneyman,
The Local 226 is now picketing on the weekends in front of the
Cosmopolitan Hotel-Casino after losing the year-long battle with the
Station Casinos, showing a great disregard for the economy of the Las
Vegas community and the black eye they are giving to the industry.