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The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 filed a motion this week to dismiss a lawsuit against MGM Resorts International that claimed the company did not properly protect casino and resort workers from COVID-19 when Las Vegas' gaming industry reopened last month.
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Instead, MGM Resorts and the union will resolve matters in "expedited arbitration" outside of court, which is scheduled to begin sometime this week, the union announced in a press release.
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“An expedited arbitration with MGM Resorts is scheduled this week," said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer for the culinary union. "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."
The union represents 60,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno.
According to the lawsuit, The Signature at the MGM Grand and Sadelle’s Cafe at Bellagio — both owned by MGM Resorts International – "adopted unreasonable rules and procedures for addressing the spread of COVID-19" after Las Vegas' gaming industry reopened on June 4, which the union claimed put the "life and health of Joint Board members, their families, and their communities in grave danger."