Trump makes peace with Culinary before inauguration

As well-known supplicants seeking jobs in the new administration traipsed past the watchful eyes of the Fourth Estate at Trump Tower last week, a few less well-known visitors also were going into that now-famous elevator.

They were negotiators for the Culinary Union, which just a few days before Election Day had benefited from a stinging order issued by the National Labor Relations Board saying the soon-to-be-president-elect had unlawfully ignored its dictates to negotiate with the Las Vegas union. It is no surprise that after Donald Trump won the election that he would try to settle all family business at Trump Las Vegas and at his new DC hotel, which already is doing a brisk business from entirely different supplicants and where he would not want to see Culinary protesters.

So Wednesday's announcement of a deal at both properties should come as no surprise -- negotiated last week at Trump Tower, I am told, and unanimously ratified by Trump Las Vegas workers Saturday. As I told Kurtis Lee of the LA Times, it's obvious that Trump wanted this off the table before inauguration. And the description of the "orderly organizing campaign" at Trump International in the nation's capital indicates that he has allowed UNITE Here, the Culinary's parent, to do a card check, as it does at most Las Vegas Strip hotels (as opposed to a secret ballot).

This is a huge victory for the Culinary's parent, UNITE Here, which had all the leverage it needed, ironically, after the man union leaders hoped would not win the election -- and stopped from taking Nevada -- won the election.