The Station Casinos and Culinary Union Feud Continues

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For decades, two powerful groups based in the state of Nevada have been engaged in a bitter feud. The Station Casinos and Culinary Union feud continues with no real end in sight. In fact, several major disputes have taken place between these groups in recent months.

It’s unclear when exactly this battle might end. Now is a great time to talk about the recent disputes between Station Casinos and one of Nevada’s most powerful union groups.

Here’s what you need to know.

The Station Casinos and Culinary Union Feud is Unlikely to End Anytime Soon

Nevada remains the gambling hub of the United States. The majority of world-class casinos here are located in the Las Vegas area. Station Casinos is based here and currently operates a huge number of popular casinos in this city.

The Nevada Culinary Union has been trying to work its way into Station Casinos’ properties for decades. So far, these attempts have all been unsuccessful. Company workers voted not to be represented by this union and some even held a protest outside the union’s headquarters recently.

It remains unclear when exactly the Station Casinos and Culinary Union feud might end. The union recently engaged in yet another legal battle, this time centering on the Station Casinos’ owners interfering with employee’s votes on whether or not to be represented by the Culinary Union. Bill Werner, an associate professor at UNLV’s Harrah College of Hospitality, offered some insight into what might lead to the end of this feud this week.

“What’s the endgame? One side gives up,” Werner said. “For Station Casinos, the end game is the union goes away and their employees don’t want a union anymore. I don’t see that happening because the Culinary is very good at maintaining its momentum.”

The Fertitta brothers have shown a willingness to fight against the Culinary Union. That is unlikely to change anytime soon. Stay tuned for more updates on this situation over the next few months.

Las Vegas Casinos Hope to See a New Surge of Tourism

Las Vegas has long been one of the most visited cities in the United States. Under normal circumstances, tens of millions of individuals make the journey to this city every year. 2021 has been a successful year for the city and casino revenue here has broken monthly records on several occasions.

Some of the major casinos in this city are now hoping to see a major surge in tourism. This is partly due to the US government removing some of its travel restrictions on visitors from Europe. This will likely result in major tourism coming into Las Vegas from various European nations.

July proved to be the best month in history for the casino industry in Nevada. Some predict August did not turn out to be quite as successful. Many states reported casino revenue declines in August due to an increase in health restrictions from the Delta variant.

The fall months are shaping up to be good ones for Nevada’s gaming industry, though. Sports betting is likely to surge thanks to the start of the 2021/2022 NFL season. Casino revenue may also surge thanks to an influx of tourists from Europe.

Nevada is far from the only state likely to experience revenue increases from its gaming industry. Here’s a look at what other states are expected to bring in more revenue soon.

US Gambling Revenue is Expected to Increase This Fall

2020 ended up being the worst year in history for the US gambling industry. Things completely turned around in 2021, though. Most major casino hubs have seen incredible surges in casino revenue throughout the year.

Sports betting companies have already begun seeing increases in revenue figures this fall. This is due mostly to the start of the 2021/2022 NFL season. Tens of millions of wagers have already been placed on the season’s opening two weeks of games.

Casino revenue fluctuated over August. Analysts are now looking ahead at how casino hubs will fare in September. Covid-19 cases have continued to increase and another slow month certainly seems like a real possibility.

There is still cause to be optimistic for the future of the country’s top casino hubs. 2022 may end up being an even better year for the industry.

When do you expect the Station Casinos and Culinary Union to settle their disputes? Let us know in the comments section below.

Durango Station Casino Faces Pushback From Culinary Union

Culinary Union Durango Station

The battle between Station Casinos and the Las Vegas Culinary Union continues. For years, Station Casinos has been planning to open a major new casino-resort in Southwest Las Vegas, called the Durango Station Casino. These plans are now facing pushback from the Culinary Union.

This is not much of a surprise. These groups have been involved in legal disputes for decades. Now is a great time to talk about this most recent clash over Station Casinos’ latest plans.

Here’s what you need to know.

NV Culinary Union Pushes Against the Proposed Durango Station Casino

Station Casinos is one of the most successful casino operators based in Nevada. The company is known for running a huge number of “locals casinos” throughout the Las Vegas area. In recent years, officials within Station Casinos have discussed opening a new casino-resort in the Southwest Las Vegas area.

There has been some progress getting this venue open. Not long ago, a city board gave its approval for this property to be constructed. Many felt it was only a matter of time before a groundbreaking for the casino began.

It now seems these plans could be delayed. The Nevada Culinary Union has just begun urging residents and business owners in the area to protest against the Durango Station Casino. The union seems to be raising concerns about the potential traffic safety this casino will cause. Station Casinos released a statement on this latest move from the NV Culinary Union this week.

“It is unfortunate, but we are not surprised, as we have grown used to decades of endless harassment by the Culinary Union. Instead of applauding a project that will pay millions in local taxes, create a beautiful new amenity for the neighborhood and create thousands of construction and permanent jobs, including jobs for people they supposedly care about, they take the low road and play petty politics. Nothing that comes from the culinary union can be trusted,” the statement said.  

It remains to be seen if the Union will have any success raising these concerns with local residents. Stay tuned for updates over the next few weeks!

What Does the Station Casinos-Culinary Union Feud Stem From?

Station Casinos and the Nevada Culinary Union have been battling in the courts for decades. These two groups have spent an incredible amount of money in these legal battles. Unfortunately, it does not appear these disputes will be settled anytime soon.

Most of this is due to Station Casinos pushing against the Culinary Union representing its employees. This has been the case since the casino company was founded. Recently, employees voted against representation from the Culinary Union.

Some of these employees have become fed up with the union’s continued efforts to work into Station Casinos. Many of them recently held an open protest at the Culinary Union’s headquarters. This protest does not appear to have affected the union’s plans.

Expect to see more legal disputes between these two groups. It remains to be seen what, if anything, could settle things between them. Hope is that the most recent moves from the union do not affect the opening of the Durango Station Casino.

Las Vegas remains to see large revenue increases. Now is a great time to talk about how much money the casinos here have been bringing in lately.

Las Vegas Casinos Continue to Experience Revenue Surges

The casino industry in the United States is the biggest and most profitable in the United States. Most of the world’s most expensive gaming venues are based here. That includes Resorts World Las Vegas, which finally opened its doors to the public earlier this year.

The casinos in this city have experienced major revenue surges over the past few months. That was certainly the case this past July. That month, casino revenue in Las Vegas hit an all-time high at $794 million. It’s exciting news for the gaming operators in the city.

Most experts predict that casino revenue will surge over the month of August, too. In fact, casino revenue may once again hit an all-time high. These revenue surges are especially exciting when considering how dire the situation in Las Vegas was last year.

Many other US casino hubs are experiencing revenue surges, too. That includes Atlantic City. Stay tuned for more information on the revenue increases here as the year goes on.

Are you surprised to see the Culinary Union pushing against the Durango Station Casino? When do you expect this casino to open? Let us know in the comments section below.

Station Casino’s Durango Station Gains Approval From City Board

Las Vegas Sign Background With Durango Station Proposal

Nevada is home to many of the world’s best casino-resorts. Station Casinos has been working hard to open a new one in the Southwestern area of Las Vegas. New reports have confirmed that this proposed property, known as Durango Station, has just gained approval from an important city board.

This is an important step to get this casino opened. Officials within Station Casinos are likely pleased to see things moving forward.

Here’s what you need to know about this situation.

Spring Valley Town Board Approves Plans to Open Durango Station

Station Casinos is one of the biggest gaming companies based in Nevada. It launched in 1976 and has since gone to open more than 20 different casinos around the state. For years, officials within the company have been eager to open a new resort-style property in the Southwestern area of Las Vegas.

This venue, known as Durango Station, has faced a number of setbacks. That includes finding a suitable location and gaining approval from various city boards. It seems that there is now some real progress being made in 2021 to get this venue opened.

The Spring Valley Town Board has just announced that it has approved plans to open Durango Station. This property is set to feature 400 hotel rooms. More than 99,000 square feet of gaming space will also be featured inside this venue. Station Casinos released a public statement shortly after news of the board approval was released.

“Station Casinos appreciates the Spring Valley Town Advisory Board and its residents for their input on and support of the Durango project. Our new development will be a great addition and a great community partner, employing thousands of construction and full-time team members and creating tens of millions of dollars in new state and local taxes. The Company looks forward to releasing more information on the project in the weeks ahead,” the statement said. 

This is expected to be an exciting property in the Las Vegas area. We’ll be sure to offer more updates on the opening of this venue over the next few months!

Las Vegas Casinos Continue to See Revenue Surges

Las Vegas remains the most profitable gambling destination on the planet. It’s here that many of the country’s top gaming companies are based. Fortunately, the casino industry here has seen a major recovery from the events that unfolded throughout 2020.

There has been a steady increase in gaming revenue over the past eight months. That is particularly true over the summer months. This past July, Nevada set a new all-time gaming revenue record, bringing in $794 million.

August has just wrapped up and many are expecting to see another surge of revenue. Tourism rates into the city are beginning to reach pre-pandemic levels. Certain casinos here are managing to bring in more revenue than others.

Several new properties have recently opened their doors in Las Vegas, too. That includes Resorts World Las Vegas. At $4.2 billion, this is the most expensive gambling venue to ever open its doors in the city. Resorts World seems to be fueling tourism into the city right now.

New reports on Nevada’s gaming revenue for the month of August will be released soon. Stay tuned for reports on these figures.

Station Casinos Remains in a Legal Battle With the Culinary Union

The past eight months have been great for most casino operators in Nevada. That certainly includes Station Casinos, which continues to see increases in its revenue figures. Still, this company has faced its fair share of issues lately.

Not long ago, reports surfaced that the legal battle between Station Casinos and the Nevada Culinary Union was ramping back up. This has been an ongoing dispute for many years and the Culinary Union continues working to enter Station Casinos’ properties.

It seems that the majority of Station Casinos’ employees do not want representation from this union, though. A group of the companies workers recently held a major protest in front of the culinary union’s headquarters. Ultimately, this dispute will need to be settled in court.

Company officials have a lot on their hands right now. They have to be pleased to hear the latest approval for their proposed casino in the Southwest area of Las Vegas. Only a few more steps need to be taken for the construction of this property to begin.

Are you excited for Durango Station to open? Let us know in the comments section below!

Station Casinos Employees Push Against the Culinary Union

CWU Protest

Station Casinos is one of the biggest gaming companies operating in Nevada right now. It is also one of the few to remain outside the grasp of the Culinary Union. This week, reports surfaced claiming a group of Station Casinos employees has begun protesting against the Culinary Union.

These employees seem determined to keep the major union group away. Today, we’ll discuss why exactly this is. We will also talk about how the gaming industry in Las Vegas is faring right now.

Let’s get into it!

Station Casinos Employees Picket Outside Culinary Union Headquarters

The Culinary Workers Union, oftentimes called the Nevada Culinary Union, was founded back in 1935. Since that time, it has grown to become one of the most influential union groups in the country. It’s the largest in Nevada with more than 60,000 workers.

Not everyone has been pleased to see this union’s growth over the years. That includes Station Casinos, one of the largest casino operators in the state of Nevada. This company has been involved with several legal disputes with the union over the years and still does not allow it to represent the company’s employees.

It seems that a large group of Station Casinos employees is becoming fed up with the Culinary Union’s attempts to enter the company. This week, workers began protesting outside of the union’s headquarters, demanding it respect the worker’s rights not to be represented.

“We’re just here to send a message to the Culinary Union to leave us alone. Team members are furious, and they just don’t want a union,” said Hernan Andrade, director of internal maintenance for Red Rock Resort. “We’re just supporting our team members. We decided to come out here and support them.”

In a majority vote, workers at Station Casinos rejected the union’s representation offer. Station Casinos and the Culinary Union will continue their legal battle on August 31. Stay tuned for updates on this situation.

Las Vegas Casino Revenue Continues Breaking Records

Las Vegas was the worst-hit city in the country due to the events that unfolded in 2020. Things have completely turned around in 2021, though. Tourism rates into Las Vegas have been surging over the past eight months and are expected to continue that way for the rest of the year.

The American Gaming Association recently released a report claiming 2021 will be the best year in history for the US casino industry. Places like Las Vegas have continuously set new revenue records throughout the year. Certain properties are managing to bring in more money than others.

This past June, gaming revenue in Nevada once again surpassed the $1 billion mark. Casinos here managed to bring in $1.19 billion over the month. That remains slightly lower than the all-time revenue record set this past May, at $1.23 billion.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board recently met to discuss allowing online casino gambling in the state. Many of the major casino executives in Nevada have pushed against this measure. Allowing internet gambling, they argue, would significantly take away from the amount of revenue they are able to generate.

Expect to see revenue figures continue to increase as the year goes on. Nevada isn’t the only state experiencing a boom in casino revenue, too. Here’s a look at how other US gaming hubs are faring right now.

More States Report Casino Revenue Growth in July

The past few months have been exciting ones for major casino companies around the United States. These companies experienced massive declines in their monthly revenue figures last year. 2021 is proving to be significantly different.

Pennsylvania just reported that July was the most successful month in history for its casino industry. The gaming properties here managed to bring in $423 million in GGR. That is more than $35 million more than what was brought in last June.

Louisiana is another state that saw impressive revenue figures last month. The casinos here saw $222 million in total revenue over the course of the month. The casinos around New Orleans performed the best, bringing in more than $52 million over the month.

Expect to see these figures increasing for the next few months. Sports betting revenue seems likely to surge as the 2021/2022 NFL season begins, too.

What do you think of Station Casinos employees pushing against the Culinary Union? How will the legal battle between these groups play out? Let us know in the comments section below.

Palace Station Workers Agree to Leave the Culinary Union

Station Casinos has been in a feud with the Nevada Culinary Union for years. It now appears that one of the company’s casinos has decided to withdraw from the union. Today, we’re going to talk about why Palace Station workers have decided to make this move.Palace Station Casino

Many are surprised to hear this news. Officials within Station Casinos are likely pleased with this new development, though. It will be interesting to hear how this affects other casinos in Las Vegas over the next few months.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

Station Casinos Has Been Forced to Close Several Casinos This Year

The world’s land-based casino industry continues to be affected by the global pandemic. States around the US are working hard to protect their casino industries while keeping things safe. This is proving to be more effective in some parts of the country than others.

Nevada was one of the first major commercial casino destinations to reopen its casinos. It was extremely important to protect cities like Las Vegas. In early June, several of the major casino-resorts in this city opened their doors.

As the weeks go on, more casino companies open up their properties. That includes Station Casinos. Interestingly, this company has chosen not to reopen four of its major casinos located in the city. Officials within this company recently announced that these casinos will never open their doors again.

Casino companies are still struggling to bring in players and generate revenue. It’s clear that tourism in cities like Las Vegas is down considerably. Fortunately, new reports indicate that gambling revenue in the city is slowly beginning to increase.

Intense safety regulations remain in place inside all major casinos around the country. In Nevada, many casino workers are represented by the Culinary Union. Some casino companies have pushed against this union making its way into their properties.

Station Casinos is now seeing one of its properties leave the Culinary Union.

Palace Station Workers Vote to Leave NV Culinary Union

Station Casinos has been in a public feud with Station Casinos for many years. It’s been a long, oftentimes ugly battle between two powerful groups. Despite Station Casinos’ best efforts, however, some of the company’s casinos have voted to become represented by this union over the past decade.

Not all of these casinos seem to be enjoying their experience under this representation. News is now coming out that Palace Station Workers have voted to leave the Nevada Culinary Union. Station Casinos Chief Operating Officer Bob Finch confirmed the news to the media this week.

“Our team members at Palace Station have spoken. Station Casinos respects their decision and certainly appreciates the confidence that our team members have placed in us,” Finch said. 

Palace Station Casinos voted to join this union back in 2017. It’s not entirely clear what caused this split between the two groups. It didn’t take long for members of the Culinary Union to express their disappointment with the casino worker’s decision.

“Station Casinos has withdrawn union recognition at Boulder and Palace Station. The Culinary Union believes it has done so unlawfully. Station Casinos continues to disrespect their workers by wasting time with litigation and union-busting efforts,” Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer of the Culinary Union, said in a statement. “The Culinary Union has filed an unfair labor practice charge regarding the withdrawal and has demanded to negotiate immediately.” 

It’s an interesting time for Palace Station to make this decision. Many casino workers in Las Vegas have expressed disappointment in the lack of necessary safety measures set in place. It appears Palace Station did not feel that the Culinary Union was successfully helping their cause.

Should Casinos Increase Their Safety Regulations?

The past seven months have been some of the toughest in the history of the land-based casino industry. Never before have cities like Las Vegas and Atlantic City been forced to completely shut down. Obviously, these cities did everything they could to immediately reopen their gambling and tourism industries.

City and state leaders wanted to ensure that this was done in the safest way possible. Casino companies began coming up with specific safety measures to protect their patrons and employees. Most casinos now require masks to be worn at all times and have many other safety measures set in place.

Not everyone believes that these measures are strict enough, though. Many reports have surfaced that show hundreds of casino workers in cities like Las Vegas have been infected with the new coronavirus. Some even claim that casinos are actively hiding these reports from the media.

It’s a difficult situation. Casinos are still seeing massive drops in revenue even months after being able to reopen. Some analysts predict that things will get even worse when the colder winter months approach.

Many certainly feel that casinos need to start implementing better safety measures. Some have begun to ban smoking in public places. That includes some of the biggest casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. We’re likely to see more measures like this one appear over the new few months.

Are you surprised to hear that Palace Station workers are leaving the Culinary Union? Do you think casinos need to increase their safety measures? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Culinary Union’s Lawsuit Against MGM is Being Dropped

Most of the casinos in Las Vegas began operating again in June. Since that time, several union groups have complained that conditions are not safe enough for workers inside the gambling venues. This week, however, the Culinary Union’s lawsuit against MGM was dropped.MGM Resorts International Logo

Officials within MGM Resorts International have to be pleased with this decision. Now, the major hotel-casino operator needs to negotiate with the union to ensure things are safe moving forward. Now is the perfect time to look at what to expect for the future of Las Vegas’ casino industry.

Cases of Covid-19 Are Increasing in Clark County

As everyone is aware of, the novel coronavirus that first emerged in the US early this year continues to spread around the country. Cases of Covid-19 are increasing and no one seems to have an answer. Las Vegas began to reopen in June and, unsurprisingly, there’s been a steady increase of coronavirus cases here ever since.

Leaders of this city didn’t have many options. Keeping the casinos closed was devastating to the local economy. A huge number of individuals in Las Vegas are tied to these gambling venues in one way or another.

Unfortunately, many feel that things are not safe enough for the casino workers in this city. There have been reports that infection rates amongst casino workers are not even being accounted for. We do know that many of these employees have tested positive.

A recent report claims that 22 members of the Nevada Culinary Union, or their immediate family members, have died from complications from the virus. It’s unclear how many patrons inside the casinos here have been exposed. Obviously, this situation is a cause for concern.

Casinos have remained open, yet many are starting to implement more strict safety measures. Smoking at table games, for example, was just recently banned.

This week, news surfaced that the Culinary Union is dropping its major lawsuit against MGM Resorts International.

Here’s an Update on the Culinary Union’s Lawsuit Against MGM

Casino companies are trying hard to bring in players right now. As cases of Covid-19 increase, this is becoming increasingly difficult. Not long ago, the Nevada Culinary Union officially filed a lawsuit against MGM Resorts International due to their lack of safety measures for casino workers.

This week, news surfaced that the Culinary Union’s lawsuit against MGM is being dropped. Back in June, this union filed a lawsuit against the Signature at MGM Grand and Sadelle’s Cafe in The Bellagio. After weeks of discussion, the Culinary Union has announced it’s moving to dismiss the lawsuits.

Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union, gave a statement to the media about the situation this week.

“This arbitration is a first step and the Culinary Union will continue to negotiate aggressively and take any other steps necessary to ensure workers and their families are protected from the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace,” Argüello-Kline said. 

Interestingly, Culinary Union 226’s lawsuits against a restaurant inside Harrah’s remain on-going. It seems the union has not come to any kind of agreement with the owners of this venue.

It’s still not clear exactly what MGM Resorts and this union have agreed to. We’ll continue offering updates on the situation over the next few weeks.

Safety Remains an Issue for All US Casinos

Las Vegas isn’t the only city that’s struggling to revitalize its casino industry. It’s obviously important to get the casinos here operational again. Doing so while protecting the public is proving much harder than some predicted.

Atlantic City is also struggling with this issue. Casinos here have been open for the past few weeks. Due to the rise of cases in nearby states and intense safety measures set inside the casinos themselves, this city is finding it difficult to bring in players.

We haven’t heard of any lawsuits being made against the owners of the casinos here. For now, most seem to feel that these companies are working hard to make things safe. If a spike in cases is seen, however, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a civil suit made.

This is likely the toughest situation that casino companies have ever found themselves in. Not even the country’s top health experts can accurately say how things will look in six months. More casinos are now focusing on their online operations.

It’s interesting to hear that the Culinary Union’s lawsuit against MGM is being dropped. We’ll continue offering updates on this situation over the next few weeks.

How do you expect the US casino industry to look in 2021? Let us know in the comments section below!

NV Culinary Union Plans to Sue Las Vegas Casinos

It’s been nearly a month since all the casinos in Las Vegas reopened to the public. Tourism has gradually increased in the city, yet many workers here claim the conditions are not safe enough. As a result, the NV Culinary Union is planning to sue some of the biggest casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.NV Culinary Union

This union is one of the biggest and most powerful in Nevada. It seems the group is now angry about the situation that many casino workers find themselves in. Today, we’re going to look at what the Culinary Union hopes to accomplish.

Let’s get into it!

Nevada Continues Setting New Regulations in Casinos

The state of Nevada finally started to open back up in early June. It was a welcome move for most residents here. The casino shutdown, ordered back in March, resulted in a complete drop-off in tourism and many were left without work.

Politicians here realized that something needed to change. Governor Steve Sisolak understands that the casinos are the driving force behind tourism and started working with casino companies on coming up with a comprehensive, safe reopening plan. Finally, state leaders gave the casinos in Las Vegas to open back up on June 4th.

Casino companies here started doing everything they could to increase tourism. Many began offering great travel deals and discounted room rates. As the weeks have gone on, tourism to Las Vegas has slowly increased.

Some fear that is now beginning to change. Last week, Governor Sisolak announced that it’s now mandatory to wear facial masks inside any public spaces. To the disappointment of some, that includes casinos.

Officials in this city are still trying to understand the best way to promote tourism while keeping things as safe as possible. Unfortunately, many now feel that things are not safe enough for workers inside casinos.

NV Culinary Union Announces it Plans to Sue LV Casinos Over Working Conditions

The world is still struggling to understand the new coronavirus. It’s infected more than 10 million individuals and the current death toll has just surpassed 500,000. State leaders have the unenviable task of reopening their economies while protecting vulnerable individuals.

Nevada was essentially shut down for three months. The amount of revenue that the state lost during this time is unprecedented. As the weeks went on, more residents in this state started calling for Governor Sisolak to lift the restrictions.

On June 4th, many of the casinos here began to reopen. Many now feel that casino workers are being put at risk unnecessarily. As a result, the NV Culinary Union plans to sue the casinos here for the conditions they are putting their employees in.

“The lawsuit alleges casino hotels have not protected workers, their families, and their community from the spread of COVID-19, and that the current rules and procedures in place for responding to workers contracting COVID-19 have been wholly and dangerously inadequate,” a statement from the union claims. 

There’s certainly some validity to these claims. Just a few days ago, a worker inside a Caesars Entertainment-owned Las Vegas casino died after testing positive for Covid-19. The Culinary Union wants to see things change.

A press conference is being held today to discuss this situation. Stay tuned for updates over the next few weeks.

More US Casinos Are Likely to Close Soon

Nevada isn’t the only state to recently reopen its casino industry. Many states around the country have started allowing their gaming venues to reopen. Rates of Covid-19 are now beginning to quickly increase, though, and some analysts believe that hard-hit states will soon need to close their casinos once again.

Florida has been experiencing a particularly large increase in cases over the last couple of weeks. As many are aware, this was one of the first states to lift their stay-at-home orders. Some health experts believe reopening too early caused these infection rates to skyrocket.

Not long ago, some of Florida’s top gambling venues opened back up. That includes the massive guitar-shaped Hard Rock Hotel-Casino owned by the Seminole Tribe. The state cannot directly order this tribe to close its gambling venue, yet some believe the casino will close down on its own.

Most states around the country are seeing Covid-19 rates increase. Exactly how this will affect the country’s land-based gambling industry is still unknown. Hope is that things can remain open with better health protection measures set in place.

It’s interesting to see the NV Culinary Union directly go after casinos. The truth, however, is that casinos may not be able to remain profitable if more restrictions are set in place. It’s an extremely complicated situation and no one seems to have a solution.

Do you think Nevada’s casinos need to implement better safety measures? Have you gambled in one of the casinos here? Let us know in the comments section below!

Culinary Union Asks for NV’s Casino Plans to Be Made Public

Nevada continues to bleed money due to the statewide casino shutdown. Over the past few weeks, state leaders have discussed ways to open these casinos back up. This week, one of the most powerful unions in the state began asking for NV’s casino plans to be made public.Las Vegas Street View

Just about everyone wants to see casinos in this state reopen. Most agree, however, that these gaming venues will not look the same way they did before this pandemic. Today, we’re going to discuss what Nevada’s leaders have planned.

Let’s get into it!

Governor Sisolak Refuses to Say When Casinos Will Reopen

Cases of Covid-19 continue to increase all around the country. Some states are beginning to see their infection rates drop. Others are beginning to see cases increase rapidly. Nevada still has a relatively low number of cases, yet it remains one of the hardest-hit states due to this global pandemic.

Like all other states, Nevada was forced to close down its non-essential businesses in March. That includes all of the casinos in the state. Closing down these businesses has taken an incredible toll on cities like Las Vegas.

Gambling revenue has completely stopped flowing in here. Tourism is also at an all-time low. Hundreds of thousands of individuals employed in the casino industry have recently been forced to file for unemployment.

It’s no surprise that many are now demanding that the state’s casinos open back up. Obviously, this is easier said than done. These venues pose a serious risk for infection spread. Governor Steve Sisolak is unable to say when casinos in Nevada will be able to open their doors again.

Not long ago, Sisolak decided to extend the state’s stay-at-home order. He is still reviewing several different plans to reopen casinos here safely. Recently, a major union involved in the gambling industry started asking for NV’s casino plans to open back up.

Culinary Union Wants NV’s Casino Plans to Be Made Public

The effect of closing down casinos in Nevada is apparent. Many residents here are hurting, either directly or indirectly, due to these shutdowns. Many are still torn on whether or not it’s time to start opening these casinos back up, though.

Many Nevada residents realize that opening casinos back up too early could pose a serious public health risk. With that being said, many rely on these venues for work. Now, the Culinary Union is asking for NV’s casino plans to be released to the public.

The Nevada Culinary Union is one of the most powerful unions in the state. It represents a huge number of casino workers and is focused on getting back to normal in the safest way possible. Union officials now believe that the state’s plans to open casinos need to be made public in order to instill public confidence.

Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer of Culinary Local 226 in Las Vegas, released a statement about this situation.

“The Culinary union urges the Nevada Gaming Commission to incorporate our proposed public health guidelines as a minimum standard in evaluating licensees’ individual plans,” Argüello-Kline said. “In addition, we ask the Nevada Gaming Commission to release publicly all reopening plans submitted by Nevada gaming operators, so the public can have confidence that the Nevada gaming industry is taking all necessary actions to ensure worker and guest safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

The State Gaming Control Board isn’t legally required to release NV’s casino plans. If the group decided to keep this information private, the Culinary Union claims it will ask the Governor to release the plans. It’s unclear whether or not Sisolak would grant this request.

What Will Nevada Casinos Look Like Once They Open?

No one can really say when casinos in Nevada will be able to fully open again. Some analysts predict they will begin to accept guests sometime next month. These venues won’t look the same as they did earlier this year, though.

Casino companies will be legally required to set many safety measures to protect employees and patrons. There are several different ways casinos hope to achieve this. Things like social distancing at tables, requiring everyone to wear a mask, and having thermal cameras in casinos to detect those with fevers are a few possibilities.

Some of NV’s casino plans also call for glass barriers to be installed on table games. A glass wall will also separate the dealers from the bettors. This has not been officially approved, though, and its efficacy is still unknown.

No one can really say how long casinos will look differently. It’s also difficult to predict how implementing these measures will affect tourism once Las Vegas opens up. It’s an incredibly unusual situation that Nevada and the entire country currently finds itself in.

If the Culinary Union has its way, NV’s casino plans will be made public. We’ll need to wait and see how the Gaming Control Board and Governor Sisolak respond to this request.

Stay tuned for more Nevada casino news over the next few weeks!