Culinary to sue Las Vegas casino companies over virus protections

  • The Culinary Workers Union intends to file a lawsuit this Monday after one union member died last Friday from COVID-19
  • The Culinary Workers Union or UNITE HERE Local 226, is a local union operating in the Las Vegas area of Nevada
  • The Union is fighting for fair wages, job security, and good health benefits for workers.
  • As the numbers of COVID-19 cases increases, Governor Steve Sisolak orders mandatory wearing of face mask.
  • Governor Sisolak asking “all of us to take our independent spirit and turn that into our individual responsibility to keep the lights on for businesses throughout our state.”

The Culinary Workers Union is filing a lawsuit against Las Vegas resorts for partially reopening without ensuring enough protection for their employees. 

The Union Wrote in a statement, “The Culinary Union is suing these companies for injunctive relief under the Labor-Management Relations Act based on the hazardous working conditions that workers face.”

They also added, “The companies failure to properly warn workers, disinfect and quarantine when a worker or their co-worker tests positive for COVID-19.”

The Culinary Workers Union intends to file the lawsuit this Monday after one union member died last Friday from COVID-19. According to this person’s family, he caught the virus while working.

The Union continues to demand safety for all hospitality and gaming workers in Nevada.

The union has demanded “regular COVID-19 testing and personal protective equipment for all employees, enforcement of social distancing guidelines, for resorts to publicly publish their mitigation plans, and for all resort guests to be required to wear masks.

The Culinary Workers Union

The Culinary Workers Union or UNITE HERE Local 226, is a local union operating in the Las Vegas area of Nevada. 

It has more members affiliated than any other union in the state of Nevada. Members include occupations in restaurants, hotels, laundries, casinos, as well as workers at McCarran International Airport and Valley Hospital Medical Centre.

“The Culinary Union has a diverse membership — approximately 55% women, 54% Latinx, 19% White, 15% Asian, 10% Black, and less than 1% Indigenous Peoples — and consists of guest room attendants, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, bartenders, laundry and kitchen workers,” Culinary Union 226.

It is worth mentioning that the Culinary Workers Union does not represent dealers or employees directly providing gambling services. 

The union is fighting for fair wages, job security, and good health benefits for workers.

Governor Steve Sisolak orders mandatory wearing of face mask  

As the numbers of COVID-19 cases increases, Governor Steve Sisolak orders mandatory wearing of face mask. 

So far, 16,339 cases were statewide. Out of these cases, 500 deaths have been recorded. 

Sisolak said in a press conference last Wednesday“This is a state that prides itself on the spirit of individualism.”


He added, “It is part of what makes us great. So I’m asking all of us to take our independent spirit and turn that into our individual responsibility to keep the lights on for businesses throughout our state.”

I'm Adam Shaw, Senior Editor and one of the first members at VegasSlots. I'm a massive football sports fan but also love casinos and occasional trips to Las Vegas. Gaming runs in the family

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