MGM Resorts outsourcing Las Vegas Strip hotels’ new paid parking to Chicago-based firm

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Tourists are silhouetted as they watch the Bellagio fountain show on the Las Vegas Strip October 12, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas Strip casino giant that announced last month it’ll begin charging for parking says it’s handing the keys to the program to a Chicago-based company.

MGM Resorts International announced Tuesday that publicly-traded SP Plus Corp. will handle paid parking at Strip resorts, including Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Vdara, Aria, Bellagio, The Mirage and MGM Grand.

The move is scheduled to take place within 60 days. MGM has not said yet how much they will be charging their hotel and casino guests for parking.

A statement says SP Plus will hire the casino company’s approximately 400 non-union valet employees, and that they’ll keep their pay, health benefits, time off and seniority.

Union valet employees at Luxor, Excalibur and Circus Circus won’t immediately be transferred to SP Plus, pending negotiations with Teamsters officials.