To read this newsletter in English, please click here: http://www.culinaryunion226.org/blog/september-october-in-review-2017

¡Septiembre y octubre fueron meses muy ocupados! A continuación están solo algunas cosas en las que nuestro sindicato enfocó sus esfuerzos:

Triunfos en Agravios

¡En septiembre y octubre, el increíble departamento de agravios de la Unión Culinaria ganó de parte de los trabajadores $494,667.99! La suma total en lo que va del 2017: Sus especialistas de agravios han ganado $2.1 millones en sueldos perdidos y en casos de descansos o despidos injustos.

  • #DefiendaaDACA  y #ProtejaelTPS

El 5 de septiembre, la Casa Blanca anunció que terminaría el programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) – un ataque directo contra 800,000 jóvenes americanos. Lea la declaración de la Secretaria-Tesorera de la Unión Culinaria Geoconda Arguello-Kline referente a la terminación de DACA por el Presidente Trump: http://www.culinaryunion226.org/news/press/statement-by-geoconda-arguello-kline-regarding-president-trump-ending-daca

La Unión Culinaria y el Congresista Ruben Kihuen también exhortaron al Senador Dean Heller y a la administración de Trump para extender el Estatus de Protección Temporal para inmigrantes. La Unión Culinaria además hizo un llamado a los empleadores y administradores de los casinos en Las Vegas para que se unieran a exhortar a los líderes electos para que extiendan el TPS de los más de 5,700 receptores en Nevada. Vea las fotos en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1560947120628296.1073741974.322942117762142&type=1&l=f37b6e90ae

ACCIÓN: ¡Dígale a Trump y a DHS: Renueven el Estatus de Protección Temporal de los sobrevivientes de la crisis nacional! Firme la petición hoy mismo: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/renew-temporary-protected-status-for-victims-of-natural-disasters

  • Línea de Protesta en Brady

 

Los trabajadores de Brady hicieron línea de protesta en septiembre para demostrar su fuerza sindical a la compañía antes de comenzar las negociaciones. ¡SÍ SE PUEDE!

  • Entrenamiento Conozca Sus Derechos

El 13 de septiembre, la Unión Culinaria organizó un entrenamiento llamado Conozca Sus Derechos para  respaldar a las familias trabajadoras que tienen raíces muy arraigadas en América. Miembros de la comunidad y de la Unión Culinaria recibieron entrenamiento sobre la importancia de tener ciudadanía, y qué hacer si Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) llegara a presentarse en sus lugares de trabajo o sus casas. El libreto de entrenamiento está aquí: http://www.culinaryunion226.org/blog/text/KYR2017sp.pdf

  • Misa con el Obispo Pepe para Inmigrantes, Refugiados, y Trabajadores 

Miembros de la Unión Culinaria, el clero, y la comunidad se reunieron para una Misa especial para Inmigrantes, Refugiados, y Trabajadores en el Santuario Católico Romano del Santísimo Redentor. 

Aquí hay más fotos de la misa: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1593725150683826.1073741976.322942117762142&type=1&l=dc1e6a2f3c

  • #VegasStrong

Después de la tragedia que sucedió en el festival Route 91 Harvest Festival el 1 de octubre del 2017, nuestra comunidad de Las Vegas se unió para ayudar a las víctimas y a sus familias. Muchos nevadenses hicieron fila por horas para donar sangre, planearon vigilias, y organizaron campañas de donación para reunir materiales vitales.

Aquí en la Unión Culinaria, los organizadores pasaron la noche y la mañana del ataque llamando a los 4,000 miembros de la Unión Culinaria que trabajan en el Mandalay Bay para asegurarse de que los afectados tuvieran el apoyo que necesitaban. Los organizadores continuaron con su labor del contacto en los comedores de los empleados durante toda la semana, trabajando con los centros turísticos para asegurarse de que los empleados estén protegidos y a salvo en el trabajo.

Nuestros afiliados de la Academia Culinaria de Las Vegas brindaron más de 1,000 comidas y agua para servir a los socorristas. El Centro de Salud de la Culinaria, en reacción rápida a las necesidades de la comunidad, ofreció consejería para momentos de crisis a nuestros 143,000 participantes del Fondo de Salud de la Culinaria. Harmony Healthcare, uno de nuestros proveedores de cuidados para la salud mental, animó a los participantes del Fondo de Salud de la Culinaria a hacer citas para recibir consejería en estos tiempos de crisis. MGM Resorts International también les brindó apoyo a sus empleados y clientes que fueron afectados.

El 9 de octubre del 2017, miembros de la Unión Culinaria se reunieron en un Servicio para Trabajadores. Los trabajadores y miembros de la comunidad se aunaron para una noche de oración y compañerismo en memoria de aquellos que perdieron sus vidas en el trágico tiroteo  del festival Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Si usted necesita apoyo o terapia, por favor no dude en contactar a Harmony Healthcare al (702) 251-000 para pedir una cita.

  • ¡PRIDE de Las Vegas!

El 20 de octubre del 2017, miembros y personal de la Unión Culinaria participaron en el Desfile PRIDE de Las Vegas. La Unión Culinaria ha formado una fuerte coalición entre el movimiento Laboral y la comunidad LGBTQIA+.

Envíe la palabra "LGBT" al 877-877 para formar parte del Comité LGBTQIA+ de la Unión Culinaria.

  • Graduación de Delegados Sindicales

Cientos de delegados sindicales (shop Stewards) de la Unión Culinaria celebraron su graduación con una fiesta y nuevecitos artículos de promoción para el 2018. Durante su entrenamiento, los delegados aprendieron sobre los 82 años de historia de la Unión y de cómo pelear en unidad para ganar buenos contratos en el 2018.

Actualizaciones de la Unión

  • ¡Los trabajadores de HMS Host en el aeropuerto ratificaron su contrato! 

Estos trabajadores seguirán contando con el mejor cuidado de Salud de la Culinaria, sueldos justos, y seguridad laboral. ¡Felicitaciones a los trabajadores de HMS Host!

  • 325 trabajadores del Mandarin Oriental eligen sindicalizarse con la Unión Culinaria y la Unión de Cantineros. 

Las negociaciones ya van en camino. Felicitaciones a nuestros nuevos hermanos y hermanas en el Mandarin Oriental. ¡Sí, lo hicimos!

  • ¿Sabía usted? Los trabajadores en el Golden Gate tienen un nuevo contrato, ¡e incluye el mayor aumento salarial que hayan tenido en 15 años! ¡Felicitaciones a los trabajadores del Golden Gate!
  • Más de 110 trabajadores del servicio de comidas y bebidas del Monte Carlo recibieron 3 semanas de capacitación en la Unión Culinaria y el 95% de ellos pudieron regresar a trabajar en el nuevo restaurante Primrose. 

Pronto viene en noviembre

  • Grand Sierra (Reno): El comité de negociación se ha reunido, la próxima negociación con la compañía será el 1 de noviembre.

 

  • ACCIÓN: 9 de noviembre del 2017 a las 5pm – Nosotros somos #VegasSTRONG. Acompañe a su familia de la Unión Culinaria frente al Caesars Palace. Caminaremos juntos en unidad y fuerza por el Strip de Las Vegas. No viviremos en temor. Este es nuestro hogar.

Confirme su asistencia en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/486627541713062

  • Fondo #VegasStrong de la Unión

Miembros de la Unión Culinaria: Por favor hagan una donación para ayudar a los trabajadores de la Culinaria y los Cantineros y a sus familiares que fueron afectados por los trágicos eventos del 1o de octubre y necesitan asistencia económica inmediata.

Gracias por su amor y generosidad. Estamos unidos en fuerza, y juntos saldremos adelante.

Todos los fondos recaudados se distribuirán entre las personas lesionadas durante el trágico evento del 1º  de octubre que ya sea contaban con la representación de la Mesa Ejecutiva Conjunta de Locales de Las Vegas (la Unión de Trabajadores Culinarios, Local 226 o la Unión de Cantineros, Local 165) o los familiares inmediatos de las personas representadas por la misma.

Haga su donación en línea: https://app.moonclerk.com/pay/72pfr7i5gfi6

  • Campaña de Donación de Sangre: Martes, 28de noviembre en la Unión Culinaria – ¡Pronto habrá más detalles!

Lea el boletín en español aquí: http://www.culinaryunion226.org/blog/septiembre-y-octubre-en-repaso-2017

September and October were busy months! Here are just a few things your union worked on:

Grievance Victories

In September and October, the Culinary Union’s amazing grievance department won $494.667.99 for workers! 2017 totals so far: Your grievance specialists have won over $2.1 million in back-pay and unfair layoffs/termination cases!

  • #DefendDACA and #ProtectTPS

On September 5, the White House announced that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would end - a direct attack on 800,000 young Americans.

Read Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Arguello-Kline’s statement regarding President Trump ending DACA: http://www.culinaryunion226.org/news/press/statement-by-geoconda-arguello-kline-regarding-president-trump-ending-daca

The Culinary Union and Congressman Ruben Kihuen also urged Senator Dean Heller and the Trump administration to extend Temporary Protected Status for immigrants. The Culinary Union also called on Las Vegas casino employers and operators to join in urging elected leaders to extend TPS to the over 5,700 Nevadan recipients.

Check out the photos on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1560947120628296.1073741974.322942117762142&type=1&l=f37b6e90ae

ACTION: Tell Trump and DHS: Renew Temporary Protected Status for survivors of national crisis! Sign petition today: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/renew-temporary-protected-status-for-victims-of-natural-disasters

  • Picket at Brady

 

Brady workers picketed in September to show union power to the company before they began negotiations. YES, WE CAN!

  • Know Your Rights Training

On September 13, the Culinary Union hosted a Know Your Rights training to stand with hard working families with deep ties to America. Members of the community and the Culinary Union were trained on the importance of citizenship, and what to do if Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) were to show up to their workplace or home.

Know Your Rights Booklet: http://www.culinaryunion226.org/blog/text/KYR2017Eng.pdf

  • Mass for Immigrants, Refugees, and Workers with Bishop Pepe

Culinary Union members, clergy, and the community gathered for a special Mass for Immigrants, Refugees, and Workers at the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer.

More photos from mass here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1593725150683826.1073741976.322942117762142&type=1&l=dc1e6a2f3c

  • #VegasStrong

After the tragedy that unfolded at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on October 1, 2017, our Las Vegas community banded together to help the victims and their families. Nevadans lined up for hours to give blood, planned vigils, and organized crucial donation drives for essential supplies. 

Here at the Culinary Union, organizers spent the night and morning of the attack phone-banking the 4,000 Culinary Union members who work at Mandalay Bay to make sure those affected had the support they needed. Organizers continued their outreach in employee dining rooms throughout the week, working together with the resorts to ensure workers are protected at work and safe.

Our affiliates at Culinary Academy of Las Vegas provided over 1,000 meals and water to serve first responders. The Culinary Health Center, in a rapid response to community need, offered crisis counseling to our 143,000 Culinary Health Fund participants. Harmony Healthcare, one of our mental health care providers, encouraged Culinary Health Fund participants to make appointments for crisis counseling. MGM Resorts International also provided support to employees and guests who were affected.

On October 9, 2017, members of the Culinary Union gathered for a Service for Workers. Workers and community members joined together for a night of worship and fellowship in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the tragic mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

If you need support or counseling, please do not hesitate to contact Harmony Healthcare at (702) 251-000 for an appointment.

  • Las Vegas PRIDE!

On October 20, 2017, Culinary Union members and staff participated in the Las Vegas PRIDE Parade. The Culinary Union has has built a strong coalition between Labor and LGBTQIA+. 

Text "LGBT" to 877-877 to join the Culinary Union's LGBTQIA+ Committee.

  • Shop Steward Graduation

Hundreds of Culinary Union shop stewards celebrated their graduation with a party and brand new 2018 swag. During the training, shop stewards learned about their union’s 82-year-history and how to fight in unity to win good contracts in 2018.

UNION UPDATES

  • HMS Host airport workers ratified their contract! 

Workers will continue to have the best Culinary Health care, fair wages, and job security. Congratulations to the HMS Host workers!

  • 325 workers at the Mandarin Oriental chose to unionize with the Culinary and Bartenders Unions. 

Negotiations are underway. Congratulations to our newest brothers and sisters at the Mandarin Oriental. Yes, we did!

  • Did you know? Workers at the Golden Gate have a new contract, including their largest wage increases in 15 years! Congratulations Golden Gate workers!
  • Over 110 Monte Carlo food and beverage workers trained for 3 weeks at the Culinary Union and 95% of workers were able to get back to work at the new restaurant Primrose.

Coming up in November

  • Grand Sierra (Reno): The negotiating committee has been meeting, the next negotiation with the company will be on November 1.

 

  • ACTION: November 9, 2017 at 5pm - We are #VegasSTRONG. Join your Culinary Union family in front of Caesars Palace. We will walk together in unity and strength on the Las Vegas Strip. We will not live in fear. This is our home.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/486627541713062

  • #VegasStrong Union Fund

Culinary Union members: Please donate to help Culinary and Bartenders Union workers and their families who were affected by the tragic events of Oct. 1 and need immediate financial assistance.

Thank you for your love and generosity. We stand united in strength, and we will move forward together.

All the funds raised will be disbursed to those injured during the tragic events of Oct. 1 who were either represented by the Local Joint Executive Board of Las Vegas (Culinary Workers Union Local 226 or Bartenders Union Local 165) or the immediate family members of those represented by the Local Joint Executive Board of Las Vegas.

Donate online: https://app.moonclerk.com/pay/72pfr7i5gfi6

  • Blood Drive: Tuesday, November 28th at the Culinary Union – More details coming soon!

Do you or anyone in your family need help dealing with the recent tragic event in Las Vegas? We are here to support you. Printable resource in English and Spanish here

Our crisis counselors from Harmony Healthcare are available if you need to talk with someone:

• Go to the Culinary Health Center. Walk-ins are welcome or call 702-790-8000 to make an appointment. Support services are available Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm.

• Call 702-251-8000 or 800-363-4874 to schedule an appointment at a Harmony Healthcare location.

• MGM Resorts International has crisis counselors available for their employees and guests.
Call 702-836-6655 or 877-967-7711.

Services are confidential.

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¿Usted o alguien en su familia necesita ayuda para lidiar con el reciente evento trágico en Las Vegas? Estamos aquí para apoyarle.

Nuestros consejeros de crisis de Harmony Healthcare están disponibles si necesita hablar con alguien:

• Vaya al Centro de Salud de la Culinaria. Puede ir sin cita o llamar al 702-790-8000 para hacer una cita. Los servicios de apoyo están disponibles de lunes a viernes, de 9am a 4pm.

• Llame al 702-251-8000 ó al 800-363-4874 para hacer una cita en una de las ubicaciones de Harmony Healthcare.

• Ó MGM Resorts International tiene consejeros de crisis disponibles para sus empleados y huéspedes. Llame al 702- 836-6655 ó al 877-967-7711.

Los servicios son confindenciales.

Know Your Rights

ENGLISH: Solidarity Resources: Know Your Rights, Protect Yourself, Your Family and Your Coworkers

ESPANOL: Recursos de Solidaridad: Conozca sus Derechos Protéjase, Proteja a su Familia y a sus Compañeros de Trabajo

Para leer la siguiente información en español, haga clic aquí: http://www.culinaryunion226.org/en-espanol/actue/conozca-sus-derechos

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If ICE comes to your workplace or stops you in public, you have the right to:

• Remain silent and not provide information that can be used against you. Lying or providing false information can have very serious consequences.

• Speak to an attorney. By speaking to an attorney before you answer questions, you can make informed decisions about what to say and what information to provide.

• Not sign any document ICE presents to you. You have the right to speak with an attorney before signing anything.

• Leave if you are not being detained. You have the right to ask the ICE officer if you are being detained or are free to go. If you are not being detained, you have the right to walk away. Stay calm and do not run.

NOTE: In case of an ICE raid in your workplace, contact your union rep or shop steward immediately.

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If ICE comes to your home, you have the right to:

• See a warrant BEFORE you open the door. You have the right to refuse to allow ICE or police to enter your home unless the officers show a court warrant signed by a judicial officer (usually a judge).

• A warrant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is never enough! You have the right to ask ICE to slide
the warrant under the door so you can inspect it. You do not have to open the door until they do. If it is an arrest warrant, it must be signed by a judicial officer and have your name on it. If it is a search warrant, it must be signed by a judicial officer and have the exact address of your home. If you open the door to ICE without a court warrant, this may be seen as giving “consent” to have your home entered and searched.

• Remain silent. Present the Rights Card at the end of this booklet to officers. If you talk about your immigration status, your country of origin or how you got to the U.S., this information could be used against you.

NOTE: ICE agents can and do lie in order to gain entrance to your home.

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If you are stopped in your car:

• You have the right to remain silent, to speak to your attorney, to leave if you are not being arrested or detained, and to not sign anything without speaking to your attorney.

• If you are the driver of the vehicle, you may be required to show your license, registration and proof of insurance.

• Take note of which kind of law enforcement agent has stopped you (sheriff, city or county police, state trooper, or immigration officer), and the name and badge number of the agent.

Remember: Presenting false documents or false identification can lead to serious legal consequences.

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Carry A Rights Card

Keep this card (and the phone number of an immigration attorney) with you at all times. These rights apply to everyone in the United States—carrying this card is an important reminder of those rights, especially for those of us in communities that face racial profiling by police or ICE.

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Immigration Reform

Dear Review Journal

Dear Review Journal: 

We read with confusion the commentary by Victor Joecks regarding his accusation that the successful creation of new health care capacity, in an area of Las Vegas often called “a medical desert,” somehow constitutes intellectual dishonesty. 

He is incorrect in suggesting that the Culinary Health Center, which is bringing more primary care doctors to a state that currently ranks 47th in physicians per patients, is “hypocritical.” 

Around the country, the healthcare community sees increased access to more doctors as great progress, and the new Culinary Health Center will serve over 130,000 members of the Culinary Health Fund -- who are Las Vegans and members of the public. 

For Mr. Joecks to imply that the Trustees of the Culinary Health Plan, which includes executives from some of the largest gaming companies in Nevada, are hypocrites for their tireless efforts to provide health care resources for their employees, while not providing them for free to all in the community, is completely ludicrous. 

Of course, we agree it would be great for all Las Vegans to have a quality Union Health Plan that provides the access to care and health benefits that the Culinary Health Fund has created and protected for 40 years. But the fact that it doesn’t now exist does not make the new Culinary Health Center hypocritical - it does display a large hole in Mr. Joecks’ argument and understanding of a nationally recognized model of labor-management cooperation. 

Mr. Joecks also rails against the recent passage of SB539, approved by the Senate 19-2 and the Assembly 27-15, and signed by the Governor last week. Prescription price transparency will provide the first step in understanding the escalating costs of prescription drugs, specifically those that treat diabetes, which impacts nearly 300,000 Nevadans (members of the public) already struggling with the disease, and 1/3 of the population that is pre-diabetic. 

Opinion polls show 86% of Americans overwhelmingly support requiring manufacturers to disclose prescription drug pricing. The vast majority of Americans, the Nevada Legislative representatives, and the Nevada Governor view this legislation as a sound step forward in the face of insulin prices that have increased 387% between 2006 and 2013 in the U.S., without explanation. 

Innovatively increasing physician capacity in Las Vegas and requiring steps to understand prescription cost increases are not hypocritical or intellectually dishonest. However, Mr. Joecks’ determination to opine negatively without any policy grounding is both. 

D. Taylor, President - UNITE HERE  

Matthew Walker, Chief Executive Office - UNITE HERE Health 

Letter available here.

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