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Contract expires at midnight for culinary union workers

Negotiations are still underway between the culinary union and 34 casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and in downtown Las Vegas.

If a deal isn't reached before midnight Thursday, contracts will expire for tens of thousands of workers.

When the clock strikes midnight, contracts are set to expire for nearly 50,000 servers, kitchen workers and employees on the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas.

"It would be a little crazy but we have to do to what we have to do to support our families," said Jennifer Marshall, food server.

As a food server for the Paris Hotel, she says she helped with the opening of the property 18 years ago.

"We have to stand up for what we need in this contract."

Marshall, along with her fellow members of Culinary Union Local 226, are fighting for their new contracts to have better wages, workplace training, job security, among several other issues.

"We work this Strip for years and we make sure that we have the Strip shining the way it is," said Eva Martinez, guest room attendant, Luxor Hotel.

She says it would be shameful and even disappointing if the union and casino resorts can't come up with a deal before the contract deadline.

"I think it's not going to be fun for the guest room attendants to walk out of these casinos," she said.

Caesars and MGM Resorts International own more than half the properties where contracts end on June 1. Both have made counteroffers to the culinary union.

8 News Now reached out to the companies and received this statement from MGM Resorts International.

"We are confident that we can resolve the outstanding contract issues and come to an agreement that works for all sides." MGM Resorts International

Last week, union members voted to authorize a strike if the time calls for it. Come June 1, that becomes a real possibility if they don't receive an offer they can accept.

Just to clarify, even if these contracts are allowed to expire, talks can still happen between the union and the companies

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