Photo source: @michellemalkin
These are pictures of the amazing Salute Our Troops event from the Venetian/Palazzo last weekend. I’ll tell you more about it in a moment. But first, a little about the place.
The workforce at Sheldon Adelson’s Venetian/Palazzo resort and casino in Las Vegas is non-union. It’s the only right-to-work sanctuary amidst the Big Labor-locked hotel complexes on the Vegas strip. As such, the Venetian/Palazzo has been a perennial target for disruptive union goons who can’t stand to see a successfully run mega-business with happy employees — not one of whom is forced to work there or forced to fork over mounds of hard-earned dues to the union racket.
Let me repeat that again: Not a single person among the nearly 30,000-person workforce is forced to work there or pay coerced dues to the Big Labor racket.
Now, look at the agitation the union zealots are trying to stir up tomorrow:
Leaders of the nation’s largest organization of nurses, joined by local union activists, will picket The Venetian to protest billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s ongoing efforts to, they say, corrupt U.S. democracy through massive spending on elections.
National Nurses United, which represents 185,000 members in the U.S., including several thousand RNs in Nevada, will also be promoting their call for a tax on Wall Street speculation to raise critically needed revenue to revitalize and heal the U.S. and global economies.
NNU, which is meeting in convention in Las Vegas this week, will be joined by leaders and activists of the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union HERE and construction and building trades activists for the picket.
What: Picket by RNs and other union members
When: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 12:30 p.m
Where: The Venetian Resort and Casino
3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard
The Occupy class warfare rhetoric is in full force:
Adelson, who spent some $150 million on the November elections, mostly to elect extremely conservative candidates, “represents the worst face of American politics today, the efforts of billionaires, millionaires, and Wall Street interests to buy our elections and democracy at the expense of everyone else,” said NNU Co-President Deborah Burger, RN.
Ahem, never mind the billions in coerced union dues funneled to elections at the expense of countless union members who abhor their bosses’ politicking.
“Our action will be a message to Adelson and the rest of the 1 percent, that we will not allow our democracy to be put on the auction block. This country is not for sale,” Burger said.
NNU members this week have also been participating in candlelight vigils with labor and community activists to call on the White House and Congress to oppose cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid during the “fiscal cliff” negotiations in Washington.
If she ever has to change jobs, this Burger woman would fit right in with the California Teachers Association, which produced that obnoxious “fat cat” propaganda ad I wrote about last week. Rather than turn their ire to the architects of the disastrous Obamacare tax monster, which is stifling medical device innovation, crushing small businesses, and discouraging medical professionals and future medical professionals from pursuing careers in the health care industry, the unionistas are going after the entrepreneurs and visionaries who create jobs and wealth in America.
Have the leaders of this radical nurses’ union ever talked to anyone who willingly works at the Venetian/Palazzo? I spoke with security guards, retail workers, support staff, drivers, among many others during my stay at the hotel complex last week. Everyone I encountered loved his/her job and was proud to work for Adelson and the Sands corporation. The company not only does booming business, it also does much unheralded good. And the employees at the Venetian/Palazzo are happy to be a part of it.
I had the privilege of seeing one of Adelson’s philanthropic projects in action last week. The photos I posted above are from the annual Salute Our Troops event at the Venetian/Palazzo. (More photos here and video here.) The resort gives back to America’s wounded veterans with all-expense paid vacations. They are greeted by thousands of workers and guests, and are treated to world-class holiday entertainment, dining, and recreation. Here’s footage from a welcoming ceremony at one of the events last year:
Over the past 6 years, the Venetian/Palazzo have held eight Salute Our Troops events. A total of 650 military personnel, plus their families, have participated. Previous honorees were flown in from San Antonio Military Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center.
As the resort explains: “As patriotic Americans, Dr. Miriam and Mr. Sheldon G. Adelson wanted to find some way to give back to those who have volunteered to serve in the Armed Forces and who have sacrificed so much for the United States. Because they were in the entertainment business, the Adelsons felt that they were at least able to offer the troops a VIP experience at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas. This vacation is their small way to say ‘thank you’ for the numerous sacrifices that these young men and women make for us every day.”
The Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which operates the Venetian/Palazzo, has partnered with many other corporations and non-profits to put on the event, including:
• Sands Foundation
• The Armed Forces Foundation
• Omaha Steaks
• Bell Trans
• Canyon Ranch Spa Club
• Ryan’s Express Transportation Services
• Madame Tussaud’s
• Cashman Photo Enterprises
• Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
• Clark County Fire Department
• TAO Nightclub
• Southwest Airlines
This year, 32 wounded warriors from Walter Reed Army Hospital and Fort Belvoir and their family members were flown in the Adelsons’ private plane from D.C. to Vegas for a Winter in Venice vacation. They were greeted with a water cannon salute and police escort from tarmac to front door. (Twitchy coverage here.) Many soldiers told me they would have been thrilled if all they had been treated to was the plane ride itself. In one of the most moving conversations I had, the young wife of a wounded warrior told me their luxury hotel room included a Christmas tree — something she and her husband did not have in their own home. She said it had been difficult for her husband to ask for help, and that she never dreamed that anyone would step up the way that the Adelsons and the staff of the Venetian/Palazzo did for them.
J.R. Salzman, himself a wounded warrior covering the event, told me that the event was especially meaningful knowing how isolating the military hospital experience can be for both the wounded heroes and their families. “This gives them a chance to just be themselves and enjoy living,” he noted.
I’ll never forget the troops I met; the smiles and laughter; or the hospitality, humility, and generosity of Adelson and his entire staff. On Thanksgiving, I gave thanks for America’s givers. This Christmas and New Year’s, I will double my resolve to tell the stories of the businessmen and businesswomen who are cheerfully doing God’s work and to support the many demonized corporations who lift up while Big Labor tries to tear them down.