Coronavirus update: Casinos are closed. Your job & health benefits are protected.
Governor Sisolak has ordered that Nevada casinos are closed effective midnight on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.
We appreciate what has been implemented so far by MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment, Wynn/Encore, Cosmopolitan, Tropicana, and others. The Culinary & Bartenders Unions demand every Nevada employer pay all of their employees (including part-time workers) and extend healthcare benefits during the ordered 30-day closure.
Nearly 65,000 Culinary Union and Bartenders Union members are currently laid off.
What does this mean for you?
*Your healthcare benefits for you and your family are protected. The Culinary Health Fund Board of Union and Management Trustees has agreed to extend health care coverage even if you are laid off or have reduced hours. This information is here: https://www.culinaryunion226.org/blog/the-culinary-health-fund-is-taking-care-of-you-during-these-tough-times-2020-03-14
*Your job is protected: Your contract has language which includes recall by seniority. You will be able to go back to work when casinos reopen and business improves.
*You can file for unemployment: bit.ly/nevadaui
We are creating a plan that we will share with you soon about:
*Assistance with signing up for unemployment
*Utility protection such as water, lights, gas, sewage/trash, internet, and more
*How to talk to your landlord about rent
*Managing credit cards and mortgage payments
Our national union, UNITE HERE, is in Washington, DC right now demanding that Congress finalize a comprehensive relief package for working families.
The Culinary & Bartenders Unions will continue to negotiate with casino & hotel employers on a package of critical items we have proposed to protect workers when casinos reopen. Here is a list of the proposals: https://www.culinaryunion226.org/blog/coronavirus-negotiations-update-your-union-is-fighting-to-protect-you-your-job-2020-03-12
The Culinary Union and Bartenders Union supports the decision made by Governor Sisolak to protect working families in Nevada. Health and safety are priorities as we face this global crisis. Governor Sisolak’s order is necessary in protecting Nevadans, workers, and customers in the fight to contain the spread of Covid-19.
We recommend that workers do not physically come to the Bartenders Union Office at this time, unless you have an appointment. Call the Bartenders Unions (702) 384-7774 for an appointment.
If your coworker did not get this update, they can text the word “member” to 877-877.
Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer of Culinary Union
Ted Pappageorge, President of Culinary Union
Terry Greenwald, Secretary-Treasurer of Bartenders Union Local 165
Lana Loebig, President of Bartenders Union Local 165