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“I’m fasting and praying to God that this company will be benevolent enough to see that the company is its workers,” cocktail waitress Dawn Vaseur said, pushing back tears. Vaseur, one of thirteen Station Casinos workers on a week-long hunger strike, is literally starving to protest the working conditions and the union-busting campaign taking place just outside the Las Vegas Strip.
Station Casinos, the third-largest private employer in the metro area, operates 18 casinos in Las Vegas which are largely off the tourist-heavy Strip and designed to cater to locals. Unlike the casinos on the Strip, Station Casinos’ 12,000 employees are without union cards, or the benefits they bring — in part because the company has engaged in one of the most staunch anti-union campaigns in the country. “We are the company. We’ve sacrificed our time and our bodies to make this company billions but they refuse to respect us,” Vaseur said.
Vaseur, her co-workers and five other union members launched a week-long Fasting with Faith campaign yesterday to draw attention to what has become the nastiest union battle in Nevada history. They plan to go without food until April 23 and have attracted the attention of progressive lawmakers like John A. Perez, speaker of the California Assembly, who joined the protestors and their supporters Thursday in a show of solidarity for a workforce that is largely invisible even in an economy dominated by the service sector.
Originally posted by xuenchen
It's difficult to get support from other workers.
That's why the grievances are plentiful.
This current protest is only getting a few dozen up to 100 people in the "staging" area outside.
Just Palace Station casino alone has thousands of employees.
I know that the immediate, Marxist response to that would likely be that they can't do that, because they supposedly have no choice, for whatever reason. This is my central problem with the usual interpretation of Marxism. It automatically assumes that the employer, manager, or capitalist is the person holding all the cards, and that workers are nothing but helpless victims with zero options.