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Viva, Las Vegas! A cocktail server discovers how good working life can be

August 22, 2016

In a surprising Op-Ed for the New York Times, Brittany Bronson reveals why Las Vegas is such a good place to be a cocktail waitress — or a housekeeper, or any kind of culinary worker. Unlike most American workplaces, where women tend to lose power as they grow older, Bronson paints a picture of the Vegas casino scene as populated by a matriarchy enjoying decades-long careers. The key? Union membership.

With the benefits of better wages and health care packages, set schedules and Nevada’s atypically small gender pay gap, this women-dominated industry is an example, Bronson argues, of the difference unionization can make in women’s lives.

And the benefits extend beyond the immediate lifestyle advantages, she points out, with unanticipated ripple effects for other family members.

Read the full story at The New York Times.