chapter  3
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The Last Detroit: The New Service Economy

Union'sinternationalumbrellaorganization,followedthetrend,declin-

organized-crimescandalsduringthattimeandwasconsideredthemost

mobbed-upunioninthecountry.Itstroublesmadeitirrelevantinmost

communities.A~HEREIUslid,CulinaryUnionLocal226gre\-vfromthe mid-20,000stoalmost50,000in2000.ThetransformationofLas

Vegas,itsgrowthfromabout25,000hotelroomsinthemid-1970sto

ers.ThemegaresortsthatcharacterizedtheMiragePhasehiredthousands

uponthousandsofhousekeepers,newrestaurantsandbuffetsneededcooks

andfoodservers,andthemillionsofvisitorsneededbellmenandporters.

Evenasmembershipintheinternationaluniondeclined,LasVegas's

growthservedascounterpointtoachangingworkplaceclimate.Inaculture

thatelevatedthemeaningofexperiencetoself-definition,servicethat

madeexperiencespecial,somethingLasVegasexceiledat,wasessential.