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The Culinary Union Continues to Negotiate the Proposed Right to Return Bill in the State Senate

The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 continues to negotiate with resorts to call back laid off workers before hiring new ones for a lower wage or offering former workers a lower wage when they reapply for their former jobs. SB386, also known as the Right to Return bill, hopes to require companies to offer those employees who were laid off during the pandemic their former jobs back. The proposed legislation would apply to hospitality and tourism workers who were laid off after March 12, 2020, and employed for at least six months before the state shut down nonessential businesses. The bill enables workers to return to work for up to two years, if their contract allows that, and they could file a civil lawsuit against companies that don’t comply. Entities such as chambers of commerce in Las Vegas, Henderson, and Reno/Sparks, Southwest Airlines, and gaming companies Boyd Gaming Corp. and Caesars Entertainment object the bill, which is still in the state senate’s Commerce and Labor Committee. The Nevada Independent reports that the committee, culinary union, and hotels are negotiating the bill.

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