LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Station Casinos says it is laying off some of its workforce, and it’s all because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the letter sent to employees Friday, “when we are permitted to reopen, we don’t know what business will look like.” So the company says it was “forced to make some difficult decisions that will impact a portion of our workforce.”
Earlier this week, Governor Steve Sisolak extended the state-mandated closure of non-essential businesses to May 15.
Culinary Workers Union Local 226 responded to the Station layoffs, saying:
The Culinary and Bartenders Unions have sent a letter demanding immediate bargaining for thousands of workers that we represent. The Culinary and Bartenders Unions will fight to ensure all workers are retained and do not have to reapply for their jobs, that their seniority remains intact and that all workers are offered extended recall rights when the casinos reopen.
The Culinary and Bartender Unions will be monitoring the layoffs at Station Casinos closely and will continue fighting to ensure workers are treated fairly.”Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Culinary Union Local 226 Secretary/Treasurer
The letter from Station Casinos says when it reopens it will reopen in phases, so not all of the hotels/casinos will open at the same time.
Station’s says it plans to reopen the following properties first:
- Red Rock
- Green Valley Ranch
- Santa Fe
- Boulder Station
- Palace Station
- Sunset Station
Station Casinos says it will also open the properties in its Wildfire division. As for the Palms, Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho, and Texas Station, those properties will reopen once Station Casinos has had a chance to review how the casino business is performing in a post-COVID-19 world.
Most of the reduction in staff will be to the properties that are not reopening in the initial phase.
Full-time members who are laid off will be paid through May 16. Their medical, dental, and vision insurance will be extended through Sept. 30, 2020.
Stations Casino says, “This has been the most challenging and painful situation in our company’s history. We are hopeful though that Las Vegas will rebound swiftly and allow us to rehire many of our valued team members when we emerge on the other side of this crisis.”
There is no definitive date on when casinos can reopen. Sisolak said Phase One begins on or before May 15 and casinos will likely not open at the beginning of it.
The decision on the date is up to the gaming Control Board. Casinos have been shut down since March 17. Station Casinos, along with Wynn and Sands, say they have been paying employees since then.