Wisconsin International Union of Painters and Allied Trade (IUPAT) member Marcus Shepherd, IUPAT local 781, District Council 7 stands in solidarity with Nevada workers at a picket line outside of the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas on Friday, May 27.
Hundreds of Las Vegas workers gathered for an area standards picket organized by the Nevada IUPAT District Council 15.
An area standards picket is to inform the community that an employer is paying lower wages and lower benefits than is established by industry employers in the area.
Jaime Contreras, of IUPAT Local 159, D.C. 15, explains that the community is protesting the Venetian because the hotel is paying below the standard wage for painter and paper hanger workers in the area.
Shepherd, who is from Milwaukee, is in town to attend the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists annual conference. He took the time to lend his support for the fight for fair wages in Nevada.
“I am here to stand in solidarity with my fellow painters,” explained Shepherd. “I have seen first hand in Wisconsin the power and strength that comes from workers standing together, side-by-side for justice. I can only hope that the Venetian hears our voice today and complies with the local wage standards.”
For more pictures of the action in Las Vegas visit the Milwaukee Area Labor Council Face Book photo album by clicking here.
(Top Photo: Milwaukee area IUPAT, Local 781, D.C. 7 member, Marcus Shepherd, stands in solidarity with IUPAT Local 159, D.C. 15 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Middle and Bottom photo: IUPAT Local 159 members conduct an area standards picket in Las Vegas, Neveda to highlight an empoyler who is paying below standard wages and benefits for the industry in Las Vegas, NV. Photo Credit: All photos taken by Jenissee Volpintesta.)