The Neon Museum will host a panel discussion, “Remembering the Frontier Strike: 30 Years Later” next Thursday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in-person at the museum and virtually via livestream on Facebook.
In September 1991, one of the longest labor strikes in U.S. history began as workers with the Culinary Union and others staged a strike at the Frontier Hotel and Casino in response to cuts in benefits and compensation. In February 1998, the dispute was settled in labor’s favor after the ownership of the hotel changed. The strike lasted a total of six years, four months, and ten days. Panelists will reflect on the lasting impact of this successful struggle for decent wages and benefits in Las Vegas. A bilingual exhibit about the strike curated by Maribel Estrada Calderon will be on display in the La Concha visitor lobby for the panel discussion and remain until Jan. 28, 2022.
The educational event will be moderated by Claytee White, Director of the Oral History Research Center at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV). Panelists to include historian Maribel Estrada Calderon and members of the Culinary Union who were part of the strike, including: Geoconda Arguello Kline, Secretary-Treasurer, Culinary Workers Local 226, Mary Burns, and Gloria Hernandez.
The free event will be held at The Neon Museum. Space is limited and registration is required in advance. The event will also be livestreamed via Facebook (@NeonMuseum). Registration for either is available at: https://www.neonmuseum.org/events/remembering-the-frontier-strike-30-years-later. A recording of the program will be available at a future date.
WHAT: The Neon Museum panel discussion “Remembering the Frontier Strike: 30 Years Later”
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
WHERE: The Neon Museum, 770 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nev. 89101 and on Facebook @NeonMuseum
The panel discussion is funded in part through a grant from the city of Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission Centennial Legacy Grant Program, made possible through the purchase of the Las Vegas Centennial license plate.