A Las Vegas hospitality union dropped a lawsuit against
In a statement, the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 said it abandoned legal action in favor of “expedited” arbitration over new safety measures. The union is still pursuing a similar lawsuit against
The union alleges that both companies failed to protect workers by not requiring guests to wear masks, not informing employees of positive Covid-19 tests in the workplace, and not attempting to keep customers a safe distance from workers during shifts. It argues that the dearth of protections violates collective bargaining agreements with the companies, and last month it asked a federal judge for an injunction while parties resolved the dispute for arbitration.
“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,” Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Argüello-Kline said in the statement.
In a statement, MGM called the lawsuit “frivolous” to begin with. “We hope that the Culinary Union will work collaboratively with us in the future when it comes to health and safety issues,” a spokeswoman said in an email.
Twenty-two Culinary Union members and their dependents have died of Covid-19 since March, according to the union. More than 350 have been hospitalized since July 15.