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Best-Ever Job Market for Hispanic Women Wiped Out by Covid

Women make up about 55% of the Culinary Union, which organizes labor in the Las Vegas casino and hotel industries, and more than half of its members are Hispanic. 

Culinary Union members “are cleaning rooms, they are serving drinks, they are cleaning the casinos, and they are cleaning the bathrooms,” Geoconda Arguello-Kline, the union’s secretary-treasurer, said in an interview.

Those types of jobs have put them at increased risk of contracting the virus. The Culinary Union said it has lost 28 people or immediate family of members to the virus, and since the casinos reopened June 4 hospitalizations have increased to 43 from 5.

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