VICTORY! The Culinary Union’s Adolfo Fernandez Bill has been signed into law!
First-in-the-nation: The Adolfo Fernandez Bill is the first state law in the United States to require comprehensive measures to protect employees and customers against the spread of COVID-19.
New standard in Nevada’s tourism industry: The Adolfo Fernandez Bill requires hotels and other lodging facilities from Bellagio to Motel 6 in Clark County and Washoe County to follow new cleaning and practical standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Covers all workers in the tourism industry: It covers more than 280,000 workers in Nevada whether they are union or non-union, from housekeepers to bartenders, from dealers to clerical workers, from security guards to front desk staff, from cooks to cocktail servers.
The law now requires:
*Handwashing, social distancing, masks, and training
*Testing and contact tracing
New regulations based on the new law will be finalized by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) by the end of August, and will be adopted by Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) and Washoe County Health District (WCHD) by mid-September.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS under the new law: https://www.culinaryunion226.org/blog/adolfo-fernandez-bill
These worker provisions in the Adolfo Fernandez Bill are the result of five months of the Culinary Union having thousands of one-on-one conversations with workers, two different car caravans on the Las Vegas Strip with over 10,000 Nevadans participating, dozens of public comments before the Nevada Gaming Control Board and Gaming Commission, and drafting, researching, and consulting with experts on the health and safety language in the Bill.
The Culinary Union applauds Governor Sisolak, Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, Speaker Jason Frierson, and the Nevada Legislature on the passage of the bill, and thanks the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) for their leadership during this pandemic.
WATCH the press conference from the bill signing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTkcwpW9kMo
READ the bill passed by the Nevada Legislature: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/32nd2020Special/Bills/SB/SB4_EN.pdf
REPORT: Tell the Culinary Union about what’s happening at your workplace at: https://www.culinaryunion226.org/report
Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer
Ted Pappageorge, President
Terry Greenwald, Secretary-Treasurer
Lana Loebig , President