- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Donald Trump’s hotel in Las Vegas and the powerful Culinary Union have settled claims of unfair labor practices involving two employees, union officials said Thursday.

Both workers alleged in 2015 that they were retaliated against for supporting unionization at the off-Strip property owned by the Republican nominee for president.

The agreement provides $1,500 to Alma Zamarin and $9,700 to Michael Campus, the union said.

The agreement approved in June by Brian Baudreau, managing director of Trump Ruffin Commercial LLC, does not acknowledge any wrongdoing.

A Trump spokeswoman and the lawyers involved in the case couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Under the settlement, both workers waived their rights to reinstatement or transfer that were issues in the initial complaints.

National Labor Relations Board spokeswoman Jessica Kahanek said the union didn’t agree with terms proposed by a compliance officer.

But in some instances, the federal agency can approve such a settlement without consent on both sides.

The settlement resolves the two cases and has no bearing on the larger issue of unionization at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas.

The labor board in March certified votes from a December election that showed a majority in favor of representation by the Culinary Union.

The move allowed Nevada’s largest union to represent 523 full-time, part-time and on-call employees in guest services, housekeeping, food and beverage.

The hotel is seeking a review challenging the decision, which will stand until the labor board weighs in.

Spokeswoman Bethany Khan said the union has demanded Trump hotel officials begin bargaining but can’t compel the company to do so while the review is being reconsidered.


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