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.
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!