MGM Resorts recently reached a tentative agreement with its employees which will help forestall a potential labor strike in Las Vegas. This agreement includes a 6% salary raise across the board as well as improvements to healthcare and other benefits for casino workers. The agreement, brokered by Las Vegas trade union Culinary Union, was the result of months of heated negotiations between the two parties. For several weeks prior to the agreement, protests had been held along the Las Vegas Strip in support of the trade union’s demands. These protests were attended by both MGM Resorts workers and union supporters alike, including popular figures such as John L Smith and Bernie Sanders. MGM Resorts has been involved in controversial labor issues in recent years and has been criticized for attempting to weaken the collective bargaining rights of its employees. This latest negotiations was more than a financial issue; it was also an opportunity to protect and enhance the rights of its workers. The agreement includes improved language regarding hiring preferences for union members as well as rank-and-file beefing up their voting rights when it comes to selecting a union representative. The agreement will likely come as a relief for both MGM Resorts and the Culinary Union, as well as the customers the gambling giant serves. Las Vegas is a city built upon its reputation of excess and entertainment, and a labor strike would have undoubtedly compromised this. In addition, the successful resolution to this issue is a great sign for employees of other large companies, providing them with a motivation to keep striving for their own mutually beneficial resolution. Ultimately, the labor agreement between MGM Resorts and the Las Vegas Culinary Union marks a victory for both parties involved. This successful resolution demonstrates that even the most bitter of negotiations can end positively, and that both sides can walk away from the table feeling secure in their positions.