Culinary Union hosts caravan on Las Vegas Strip, demand full transparency from casinos on reopening plans

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Culinary Union Local 226 is calling for full transparency from casinos and protections for workers and tourists during a caravan along the Strip Tuesday.

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“Nevada has a chance to be a leader in the hospitality industry. If casino companies will not release their plans and be transparent before reopening, how can customers and workers know they will be safe?” Union secretary-treasurer Geoconda Argüello-Kline questioned in a news release.

Their demands include:

  • Casino companies to share full safety guidelines and reopening plans on their respective websites for public access
  • For the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) to:
    • Incorporate union’s guidelines as a minimum standard in the evaluation of casino companies’ individual plans
    • Release all reopening plans submitted by gaming companies to the public
  • For Gov. Steve Sisolak and Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick to:
    • Call on NGC to adopt the union’s safety requirements
    • Call on NGC to release gaming companies’ policies “urgently”

Union members prepared for the caravan by making signs and sharing the message on social media to gather support.

Culinary Union’s proposal regarding public health guidelines includes the following topics:

Prevention: This includes testing of workers for the virus and antibodies and screening both workers and guests on entry with temperature checks, as well as reducing the number of surfaces touched by multiple people.

Protection: PPE should be made widely available to workers and guests alike. Also, steps should be taken to maintain appropriate distancing among guests and workers in each facility.

Enhanced cleaning: More frequent and more intensive cleaning of all surfaces will be necessary, ensuring workers have the appropriate training and sufficient time to follow cleaning protocols.

Implementation and enforcement: These guidelines will require detailed protocols unique to each gaming facility. Clear lines of authority, accountability, and monitoring must be established. To ensure that workers have a voice in ongoing implementation and enforcement, joint labor-management health and safety committees should be created.

The union also noted their proposal for public health guidelines or PPE. The guidelines call for prevention, protection, enhanced cleaning and implementation, and enforcement.

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