Culinary Union in Las Vegas names new leadership

Culinary Workers Union Local 226 has launched its recent leadership team following the retirement of frail secretary-treasurer Geoconda Argüello-Kline.

Ted Pappageorge, a Las Vegas native and a Culinary Union member since 1982 who worked as a busboy on the Sands, a barback on the Sundance and a bartender on the Mint, Horseshoe Club and Riviera, used to be appointed secretary-treasurer. He served because the union’s president from 2012 to 2022.

The union also launched that Diana Valles, who worked as a guest room attendant on the Stardust and then on the Las Vegas Hilton and later as a casino porter and cook dinner on the Flamingo, has been named the recent president.

Leain Vashon will continue as vp of the union.

“For the duration of the final 24 months, there isn’t any other group in Nevada that has achieved more to present a use to working households in the course of the pandemic than the Culinary Union,” Pappageorge said.

In his role as secretary-treasurer, Pappageorge also holds the positions of vp and government committee member of the UNITE HERE World Union, trustee of the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, trustee of the Culinary Pension Fund, trustee of the Culinary Effectively being Fund, trustee on the Culinary and Bartenders Housing Partnership Program, and government committee member of the Nevada Dispute AFL-CIO.

Argüello-Kline, who served because the secretary-treasurer of the union for the final decade, retired on Feb. 3.

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