Joint statement from Culinary Union and MGM Resorts International regarding the resolution of lawsuit and arbitration



Monday, August 10, 2020


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Joint statement from Culinary Union and MGM Resorts International regarding the resolution of lawsuit and arbitration:  

The Culinary Union and MGM Resorts released the following statement on the resolution of the Culinary Union’s lawsuit regarding COVID-19 protections:

The health and safety of workers and guests is the top priority for the Culinary Union and MGM Resorts. The COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges in the workplace.

We have resolved the lawsuit and the underlying grievances, and we have worked together to get first-in-the nation legislation to protect workers in the hospitality industry. While this legislation is an important first step, the Culinary Union and MGM Resorts look forward to addressing health and safety issues for the protection and benefit of workers, guests, and the gaming industry.


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 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 -- approximately 55% women, 54% Latinx, 19% White, 15% Asian, 10% Black, and less than 1% Indigenous Peoples — and consists of guest room attendants, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, bartenders, laundry and kitchen workers. The Culinary Union has been fighting for fair wages, job security, and good health benefits for workers in Nevada for 85 years. / @Culinary226 


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