Culinary Union hits Las Vegas strip, urges more to visit Las Vegas
Posted: Sep 26, 2021, 9:47 a.m.
Last updated on: September 27, 2021, 9:33 a.m.
Hundreds of casino workers and their supporters marched on the Las Vegas Strip Friday night to say they were ready to get back to work.
Culinary Union Local 226 hosted the event. Union officials noted that more than a third of its 60,000 members have yet to be called back to work. It’s since the COVID-19 pandemic forced all casinos in Vegas and Nevada to temporarily close.
After being closed for nearly three months, casinos in Nevada began reopening with restrictions in June 2020. Those restrictions, which included capacity reductions, mask requirements and other social distancing guidelines, were in place for almost a year until they were lifted for all operators on June 1.
Since then, Las Vegas has seen millions of visitors flock to the Strip and other area casinos, helping the state achieve record gambling revenues. These figures were released despite the fact that the Vegas area has become a hotspot for the COVID-19 delta variant. Even though cases have increased dramatically, state and local authorities have chosen not to reinstate any capacity restrictions, although a mask warrant is back in effect in public places in the Las Vegas area, such as casinos. .
Despite this recovery, union officials noted that 21,000 of its members had not yet been called back to work. They hope that more of their members will receive long-awaited reminders if the number of visitors continues to increase.
Hospitality workers want loyal customers to come back to Las Vegas and enjoy the quality service they know how to deliver in Las Vegas, ”the union said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. “Workers are ready to prepare and serve great food in full-service restaurants, prepare and serve quality beverages and beverages, and ensure rooms are cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis. “
Earlier this month, state and federal pandemic-related unemployment programs for workers ended in Nevada. This included the weekly federal grant of $ 300, as well as programs that extended benefits for workers who lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
The largest union in Nevada
The union is the largest in Nevada, and it represents more than a third of all unionized workers in Nevada, according to data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Culinary Union employees are employees of most casinos on the Strip and downtown Las Vegas. It is also very diverse, with women making up 55% of its ranks, while 45% of its members are immigrants.
Several marchers were holding signs inviting more visitors to return, as well as others declaring, “We will come back stronger!” the theme of walking.
The marchers were dressed in their work uniforms or red T-shirts. Most of the red shirts had the message “Vegas Strong,” with illustrations of waiters, chefs, hostesses and casino workers.
New state law covers casino workers
Culinary Union members who have not been recalled are subject to the “right of return” law passed by Nevada state lawmakers earlier this year. The union was one of the strongest supporters of the bill.
It covers casino workers who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. If they were employed for at least six months before the pandemic, then the casino is required to give the laid-off worker priority priority for employment. Provided that the job is the same or similar to that which the worker previously held at the casino.
Employers must give affected workers at least 24 hours to consider accepting a position. Additionally, if a company chooses not to return a dismissed worker for a position, the company must provide an explanation as to why he was not selected.
The law, which took effect July 1, covers workers for up to two years, or when the Nevada governor ends the COVID-19 state of emergency, whichever comes first.