Series 4: Bar and Culinary Labor Dispute, 1974-1998


Scope and Contents

Series 4 consists of materials related to the Nugget's legal dispute spanning nearly a decade with the Bar and Culinary Union. This includes a lawsuit filed on behalf of the Union and the Nugget's subsequent appeals and petitions regarding court-ordered bargaining. Documents include internal materials from the Nugget regarding their response to the Union and materials distributed by the Union to its members and potential members.

This series represents the events leading up to the hearing, the Union's boycott of the Nugget, which included resolutions from other unions outside of the state, and the hearing and subsequent decision. Materials include internal documents regarding union organizers and organizing in and around Reno, correspondence, newsletters and flyers distributed by the Union, documents from the case and hearing involving Local 86 and the Nugget, newspaper clippings, and articles on labor disputes in the casino industry.


  • 1974-1998

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Historical Note

In February 1975, the Nugget allowed their contract with the Bar and Culinary Union to expire. The Nugget's management believed that the Union did not represent the majority of its employees, and as a result, the Union filed several unfair labor practice lawsuits against the Nugget. An initial hearing by an administrative law judge ruled in favor of the Union. The Nugget appealed the decision to the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., but the board sided with the Union. The Nugget was ordered to recognize and bargain with the Hotel, Motel, Restaurant Employees, and Bartenders Union, Local 86. In the mid-1970s, representatives of Local 86, usually from outside of the state, frequented Reno's hotels and casinos in an attempt to recruit new members.

Management in many of these establishments was weary of Local 86's activity in the area because they believed the Union would only create problems or foment unrest. In the case of the Nugget, an appeal was brought in front of the Ninth Circuit Court, who sustained the rulings of the National Labor Relations Board that the Nugget must bargain with the Union. A further petition filed in the United States Supreme Court in 1980 also yielded unfavorable results for the Nugget. Bargaining began in 1981 and activities continued through 1983. No settlements were reached, and in 1983, hearings began regarding the Nugget's unwillingness to bargain. The judge in the case ruled that the Nugget had engaged in bad-faith bargaining with the Union.


From the Collection: 17 Linear Feet (32 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Arranged chronologically.


Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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