Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 | 5:29 p.m.
MGM Resorts International is outsourcing some 300 part-time jobs at its three arenas and event centers on the Strip starting Friday.
The casino company is bringing in four companies to oversee certain “on-call positions” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the Mandalay Bay Events Center and the forthcoming T-Mobile Arena, spokesman Clark Dumont said today. Dumont framed the move as an effort that allows MGM Resorts to focus on what it does best while shifting other responsibilities to “vendors who do these sorts of things day in and day out.”
As a result of the transition, ushers will work for a company called We Serve, conversion technicians will work for PrideStaff, stagehands and riggers at the Grand Garden Arena will work for Rhino, and stagehands and riggers at Mandalay Bay and T-Mobile Arena will work for 3G, Dumont said.
Workers affected by the outsourcing can apply for a job with one of those companies or other positions at MGM Resorts, according to Dumont.
The move comes as MGM Resorts prepares for the April opening of T-Mobile Arena, near its New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts. The arena will host major entertainment events and maybe even a big-league hockey team.
The arena job outsourcing also follows the company’s announcement last week that it would outsource parking operations and valet staff to SP Plus Corp. That change is happening while the company moves forward with a $90 million parking initiative, which includes a plan to start charging for parking.
Dumont said MGM Resorts is trying to focus on its “core competencies” such as booking entertainment and running hotels.
“As we get to these types of functions, we’re not doing it every day. Other companies do,” he said of the arena jobs. “It’s similar to SP+ on the parking side. We’re partnering with them because of their capability and their expertise.”
MGM Resorts is also working on a profit growth plan announced last year that’s expected to produce an extra $300 million annually in earnings before certain costs.