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Negotiations scheduled ahead of Vegas casino strike deadline

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    Members of the Lohan School of Shaolin parade up and down Fremont Street while doing a dragon and lion dance during Chinese New Years festivities, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Las Vegas. There are generally more Asian gamblers in Vegas because of the Chinese New Year, and it means increased traffic at high limit baccarat tables. Though not widely known, baccarat is actually the most profitable table game for casinos which try to court Asian gamblers who tie luck and good fortune to the start of the Lunar Year. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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LAS VEGAS >> The Culinary and Bartenders unions in Las Vegas say they’ve scheduled negotiations that could avert a strike planned for next month.

Union officials say eight of the nine casinos locked in a labor dispute have agreed to talks before workers are set to walk off the job June 1.

Negotiations have not been scheduled at the Golden Gate casino. But the union plans to discuss a contract with officials at The D, Four Queens, Fremont, Main Street Station, El Cortez, Binion’s, The Plaza, and Las Vegas Club.

Union spokeswoman Bethany Khan says there are 2,000 union employees at the nine casinos. Contracts at the casinos expired June 1, 2013.

The Golden Nugget casino downtown reached a five-year agreement with the union last month.

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