Culinary To Drop Two Lawsuits Against MGM

Suit Involving Caesars Still Active

Mitch Kelly
July 21, 2020 - 7:01 am
A member enters the building of Culinary Workers Union, Local 226, February 13, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - It looks like a pair of lawsuits against MGM Resorts International will be dropped.

In a statement calling it a "victory", the Culinary Local 226 made the move to drop the suits Monday, with union officials say they will work towards a settlement.

The Culinary Union moved to dismiss the lawsuits against MGM Resorts Internationals’ The Signature at the MGM Grand and Sadelle’s Cafe at Bellagio. Instead, the cases will go to arbitration later this week. 

The lawsuits were filed on June 29th, alleging that MGM was failing to protect employees' health against exposure to the coronavirus.

“An expedited arbitration with MGM Resorts is scheduled this week. This arbitration is a first step and the Culinary Union will continue to negotiate aggressively and take any other steps necessary to ensure workers and their families are protected from the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union.

“The lawsuit against Caesars Entertainments’ Guy Fieri Las Vegas at Harrah’s remains on-going. Workers who make this city run deserve to be protected and they are at risk everyday - that’s why working families need Governor Sisolak to place the Adolfo Fernandez Bill on the agenda for the next special session and for the Nevada Legislature to pass it without delay.”

The Culinary Union says that Since March 1, 2020, 22 members and/or their dependents have died from COVID-19, 352 Culinary and Bartenders Union members and their spouses or dependents have been hospitalized, and the number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations has increased 860% since Nevada casinos were allowed to reopen on June 4, 2020.