STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline regarding regular testing for frontline hotel/resort workers:



Thursday, May 28th, 2020


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STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline regarding regular testing for frontline hotel/resort workers:

The authority on public health in Clark County, the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD), has recommended regular testing for all frontline hotel/resort workers.

SNHD: “Test 100% of front-line employees (housekeeping, casino floor staff, registration, cafeteria, restaurants) initially at or before reopening, then every two weeks for one month, then once a month until end of phase 3.” (

The Culinary Union demands that the Nevada Gaming Commission, the Nevada Gaming Control Board, and the Clark County Commission implement this strong standard immediately and urges them to mandate that this updated guidance from SNHD is adopted and followed by all casino resorts.

Declaración de Geoconda Argüello-Kline con respecto a pruebas regulares para los trabajadores de primera línea en los hoteles/centros turísticos:

La autoridad en salud pública del Condado de Clark, que es el Distrito de Salud del Sur de Nevada (SNHD), ha recomendado que se les hagan pruebas con regularidad a todos los trabajadores de primera línea en los hoteles/centros turísticos.

SNHD: “Hacerles pruebas al 100% de los empleados en las primeras líneas (de limpieza, al personal del piso del casino, en recepción, la cafetería, los restaurantes) inicialmente durante o antes de la reapertura; después, cada dos semanas por un mes; después, cada dos semanas hasta el final de la 3ª fase.” (

La Unión Culinaria exige que la Comisión del Juego en Nevada, la Junta Reguladora, y la Comisión del Condado de Clark implementen este riguroso estándar de inmediato y les urgimos que ordenen que todos los casinos turísticos adopten y acaten esta guía actualizada del SNHD.


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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