MEDIA ADVISORY: Culinary Union continues Right to Return doorhanging campaign during final days of the 2021 Nevada Legislature



Thursday, May 20th, 2021 at 10am Pacific 


Bethany Khan: ▪ (702) 387-7088

Culinary Union continues Right to Return doorhanging campaign during final days of the 2021 Nevada Legislature  

Las Vegas, NV -  The Save Our Jobs Coalition continues an intensive doorhanging effort during the final days of the 2021 Nevada Legislature. Teams of laid off hospitality workers have been dropping thousands of doorhangers in support of Right to Return Senate Bill 386 in neighborhoods around Las Vegas for weeks. 

Doorhangers encourage Nevadans to call: State Senators Dr. Joseph Hardy, Scott Hammond, Keith Pickard, Carrie Buck and Assemblymembers Heidi Kasama, Richard McArthur, Andy Matthews, and Melissa Hardy - and urge them to support the passage of SB386.


*Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for Culinary Union

*Laid off Culinary Union members

*Terminated Station Casinos workers

*Save Our Jobs Coalition members: Bartenders Union Local 165, Culinary Workers Union Local 226, IATSE Local 720, National Nurses United, Operating Engineers Local 501, SEIU 1107, Southern Nevada Central Labor Council, Teamsters Local 631, Teamsters Local 986, and United Auto Workers Local 3555

WHAT: Doorhanging launch - Laid off and terminated hospitality workers continue educating their neighbors about the importance of Right to Return. Worker will be leaving informational doorhangers in neighborhoods around Las Vegas as the Nevada Legislature considers Senate Bill 386. 

WHEN: Thursday, May 20th, 2021 at 10am Pacific 

WHERE: Culinary Union parking lot (1630 South Commerce Street Las Vegas, Nevada 89102) 

WHY: Senate Bill 386 would give tens of thousands of hospitality, casino, travel, and stadium workers, many of who have been unemployed for over a year, the Right to Return to their jobs (if the employee had been laid off or furloughed due to COVID-19) when business returns.

Tens of thousands of Nevada’s workers have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic due to no fault of their own. Workers should get their jobs back when businesses reopen.

A Right to Return law would prevent employers from using a global pandemic to get rid of older workers in shameful attempt to force them into early retirement. It would be an injustice to kick long-term frontline employees, who have contributed to Nevada’s success for decades, to the curb once the pandemic is over.

A Right to Return legislation is a common-sense measure that is urgently needed to create stability in Nevada’s workforce. The Culinary Union urges the Nevada Legislature to stand with working families and pass Senate Bill 386.


Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, represent 60,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, including at most of the casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. UNITE HERE represents 300,000 workers in gaming, hotel, and food service industries in North America.  

The Culinary Union, through the Culinary Health Fund, is one of the largest healthcare consumers in the state. The Culinary Health Fund is sponsored by the Culinary Union and Las Vegas-area employers. It provides health insurance coverage for over 145,000 Nevadans, the Culinary Union’s members and their dependents.  

The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest Latinx/Black/AAPI/immigrant organization with members who come from 178 countries and speak over 40 different languages. We are proud to have helped over 18,000 immigrants become American citizens and new voters since 2001 through our affiliate, The Citizenship Project.  

The Culinary Union has a diverse membership which is 55% women and 45% immigrants. The demographics of Culinary Union members are approximately: 54% Latinx, 18% white, 15% Asian, 12% Black, and less than 1% Indigenous Peoples. 

Culinary Union members work as: Guest room attendants, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, bartenders, laundry and kitchen workers. The Culinary Union has been fighting for working families in Nevada for 86 years. / @Culinary226 


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