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!