Workers’ union plans on suing Las Vegas casino operators over health conditions
By Bob Garcia
Culinary Union Local 226 isn’t happy with the policies casinos have put in place to combat COVID-19
A casino workers union has announced that it will hold an online press conference today to discuss a proposed lawsuit against “major Las Vegas Strip casino companies” due to the employee protections they are currently implementing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Culinary Union Local 226 has announced the conference for 11 AM PT, and one of the speakers will be the daughter of a union member who died from the virus a few weeks ago. The lawsuit will seek injunctive relief under the Federal Labor-Management Relations Act or the Taft-Hartley Act.
According to the union, these Las Vegas casinos are subjecting employees to unsafe working environments since the very moment casinos opened on June 4. “The lawsuit alleges casino hotels have not protected workers, their families, and their community from the spread of COVID-19, and that the current rules and procedures in place for responding to workers contracting COVID-19 have been wholly and dangerously inadequate,” the union said in a statement issued Saturday.
This threat to take operators to court was decided just one day after Nevada’s governor gave the order for facemasks and other protective equipment are mandatory in public, casinos included. This was one of the requests filed by the union when it issued its own guidelines before casinos were allowed to reopen. But the requests from the union don’t stop there; it also wants casinos to provide testing on a regular basis for workers returning to the casinos during the period in which the coronavirus emergency is in effect.