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Casino WomenCourage in Unexpected Places$
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Susan Chandler and Jill B. Jones

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450143

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450143.001.0001

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“You Have to Do It for the People Coming”

“You Have to Do It for the People Coming”

(p.1) 1 “You Have to Do It for the People Coming”
Casino Women

Susan Chandler

Jill B. Jones

Cornell University Press

This chapter begins with a brief background on Geoconda Arguello Kline and Mirna Preciado, president and staff organizer of the Culinary Union, respectively. The Culinary Union, which represents casino workers throughout Nevada, has a membership of 60,000, making it one of the largest union locals in the United States. It then sets out the book's main themes. This book provides an inside, women-focused look into the world of corporate gaming, on the one hand, and the alternative culture of the workers who make it run, on the other. It is necessarily a complex study for it explores the gaming industry in two distinct locales (largely unorganized Reno, where workers low wages and meager benefits mirror those of hospitality workers generally, and highly organized Las Vegas, where well-compensated union families play a major role in city life) and over a sixty-year sweep of time, during which gaming moved from Mafia domination to global empire. The subjects discussed work in a wide range of jobs, some unionized (maids, cooks, janitors, waitresses, and cocktail waitresses)—that is, where there are unions—and others not (dealers, middle management, vice presidents).

Keywords:   Las Vegas, gaming industry, casino workers, Culinary Union, corporate gaming, Reno, labor unions

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