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New contract talks continue between culinary union, 2 major resort companies

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With just more than four weeks until the current contract expires, the culinary union is in ongoing discussions with MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment.

There have already been a couple of main table sessions, and subcommittees have been formed to talk about specific department issues.

"We're looking for better wages for the workers and a better health fund," said Luxor employee and union organizer Evadne Martinez. "We're looking for our pension, a better work environment for the people. I'm optimistic. I'm positive that something is going to be worked out that is going to be good for the union workers and also for the company."

Those sentiments are being echoed by the resort companies.

A Caesars spokesperson said by phone things are progressing on schedule, as did MGM Resorts International who added in a statement to FOX5: "Amidst the changing economic realities, we are challenged together to write a smart contract for future growth, both for the company and the unions. As we continue our negotiations, our goal is to develop a contract that works for everyone."

As of right now, no further negotiating sessions are scheduled, but both sides anticipate getting back to the table soon.

The last deal between the culinary union and MGM and Caesars was in 2007 and wasn't signed until August, nearly two months after the deadline.

But no work stoppage took place as the finishing touches were done.

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