LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The union that represents thousands of health care and public sector workers in Nevada, SEIU 1107, claims that OSHA is not investigating alleged violations when it comes to workers’ safety.
The Culinary Union joined forces with the SEIU 1107 to get a message out during a video news conference Tuesday that enough isn’t being done to protect workers in frontline jobs.
“It’s a matter of life and death,” said Grace Vergara-Mactal, the executive director, SEIU Local 1107.
One of the speakers was Jody Domineck, a nurse, accused OSHA of being unwilling to visit health care facilities to see if workers are being protected. She said the struggle to get more personal protective equipment remains a problem and that she and others are reusing masks designed for single use only.
“This is the time we need them the most. This is the time when this is exactly what they were designed for — to help keep the workers safe. This is the time they should be ensuring everything is done to keep us safe during this crisis,” she said. “I believe this is them absolutely turning their backs on us.”
“SEIU is ready to file lots of charges to OSHA in a few days,” Vergara-Mactal said.
The Culinary Union held a news conference last week calling on casino properties on and off the Strip to “step up” and pay workers who are out of a job. While some companies are offering pay and benefits, others are not.
They said most of the Culinary Union members are furloughed, and frontline workers are in dangerous conditions.
“We have some casinos we feel really proud being an anchor, some casinos pay two weeks, some casinos pay one week and some casinos, they don’t pay nothing, they left the workers like that, the most needy,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary and treasurer of the Culinary Union.
Argüello-Kline also touched on the reopening of the Strip. She said they will be working closely with properties to make sure places are clean.
She said it will be a slow process, but their top priority is to make sure employees and customers will be safe.