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I won’t be alive to work’ – Las Vegas Unions wants sick leave, quarantine pay

I won’t be alive to work’ – Las Vegas union wants sick leave, quarantine pay
Sharon Bernstein

(Reuters) – The winking airport slot machines that tell visitors they have arrived in Nevada’s Sin City are turned off and wrapped in police tape; the famed Las Vegas Strip is so empty a group of bicyclists zooms down the middle on a Friday night.

FILE PHOTO: Empty roads leading into and out of the Las Vegas strip are seen as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Las Vegas, Nevada U.S., April 9, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Shutting down the businesses that make Las Vegas a multibillion-dollar gambling and entertainment hub has dealt a crushing blow to the state and idled tens of thousands of workers.

But with a dozen members dead and others sickened, the powerful union representing Las Vegas’ bartenders and casino employees, Culinary Workers, is not pushing for a fast-reopening.

Instead the union, which is influential with Democratic politicians who lead the swing state, is negotiating hard for safety measures and paid leave for workers sidelined by the virus.

“If I go back too early, I won’t be able to be alive to work,” said Olee Stewart, 59, a cook at Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, who is a member of the union. “When it’s safe for everyone, I think we should go back.”

The high-stakes negotiations between the 60,000-member Culinary Workers Local 226 and Nevada’s storied casinos echo talks taking place across the United States, as businesses, politicians and workers scramble to find a safe way to save lives without further destroying the U.S. economy.

The Culinary Workers union is asking casinos to pay employees who are idled by the pandemic and provide six months’ worth of health coverage to those who are laid off, according to a list of eight negotiating points seen by Reuters.

The union is also asking for paid sick leave and quarantine time to those who are ill or exposed to the virus. It wants enhanced cleaning for the casinos and training for employees who will have to use harsh chemical cleaners to sanitize gaming areas, guest rooms, kitchens and other areas.

“It’s a very, very tough situation for these workers,” said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, secretary-treasurer of the Culinary Workers local. “They have fears of losing a family member, the fear of getting sick and over that you have to be worried about getting your bills paid.”

Arguello-Kline stopped short of threatening employee walkouts that could disrupt reopening plans.

The discussions in Las Vegas will likely leave the gambling hub – as with many parts of the country – a different place than before the virus hit, with Plexiglass separating dealers and players, and waiters possibly donning masks in restaurants.

MEATPACKERS AND AUTOWORKERS

The tension between companies’ need to reopen shuttered plants and union concerns about safety are also playing out in other industries.

President Donald Trump this week ordered meat-processing plants to stay open to protect food supplies, despite concerns about coronavirus outbreaks, drawing a backlash from unions that said at-risk workers required more protection.

Ford Motor Co (F.N) on Thursday outlined safety measures to restart U.S. plants, following similar efforts by General Motors Co (GM.N) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCHA.MI) (FCAU.N) to convince leaders of the United Auto Workers union to send members back to work.

Public health experts say it is far too soon to allow the kinds of mass gatherings that happen in a place like Las Vegas, where tourists jam casinos, restaurants and even the sidewalks. But the economic devastation wrought by public health orders closing businesses and forcing residents to shelter at home is also a powerful incentive to loosen the orders.

In Nevada, nearly 350,000 people have filed for unemployment benefits since the shutdowns began – a quarter of the state’s workforce, said Stephen Miller, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The shutdowns and slow return of tourism after the casinos reopen could lead to losses of 20% of the Las Vegas metropolitan area’s gross domestic product, or more than $20 billion, Miller said.

Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak has said casinos will likely not be allowed to welcome guests until the third or fourth phase of reopenings – which could be months away.

CASINOS PAYING WORKERS

One unionized company, Wynn Resorts (WYNN.O), has agreed to its union’s request to pay workers while the casinos are closed, the company confirmed.

A non-union company, billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS.N), is also paying idled workers, spending $65 million per month in wages and other fixed costs at the Venetian and the Palazzo, spokesman Ron Reese said.

MGM Resorts International (MGM.N), which owns several unionized Las Vegas casino resorts including the MGM Grand and the Bellagio, paid workers for the first two weeks of the shutdown and has offered grants to employees to help pay for rent, groceries and utilities, the company said. In financial documents filed last week with federal regulators, the company said it was effectively generating no revenue from its properties and would cut planned capital expenditures in half.

Sahara Las Vegas, another unionized property, is paying for employees’ healthcare premiums during the shutdown and has set up a fund to help those experiencing hardship, General Manager Paul Hobson said.

Once the casinos do reopen, they may look very different. The Venetian is considering installing Plexiglass barriers to separate guests from clerks helping them check in to the hotel, Reese said. Likely plans also include spacing out chairs on the pool deck, limiting traffic in elevators and making hand sanitizer widely available, he said.

Caesars Entertainment Corp (CZR.O), which owns Caesars Palace, Harrah’s and the Flamingo, would not comment on union negotiations, but said it would follow the lead of state officials about when to reopen.

But Paula Larson-Schusster, a dealer and United Auto Workers member at the Flamingo, said plans to install Plexiglass barriers between dealers and players may not be enough.

Players will still have to shove their chips beneath the Plexiglass to play – and they are really dirty, she said.

“I’ve had people pick their nose and scratch their private parts and then they pick up the chips,” she said. “I’ve had people shoot NyQuil on the table because they’ve got the flu but since they’re in Vegas they’re going to play.”

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The craziest and most outrageous Kim Jong Un facts and rumors


North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un may be a nuclear-armed despot who torments his people — but he’s also one of the most bizarre leaders in the world.

The portly dictator, once dubbed “Rocket Man” by President Donald Trump, may have a penchant for launching missiles at his neighbors, but he also loves Disney songs, allegedly has his own harem and even reportedly had a guy killed with an anti-aircraft gun.

He remains as mysterious a world figure as he is controversial — no one even knows his real age, putting it somewhere between 34 and 36.

Here are some Kim Jong Un facts and outrageous claims from over the years:

Family ties

When his father, Kim Jong Il, died in 2011, he made sure mourning was mandatory. He ordered those who were caught blowing off remembrance events to be sent to labor camps for up to six months. The third Kim to hold power in North Korea, he reportedly had plastic surgery at age 27 to look more like his grandfather, who founded the republic.

Hair-raising

His trademark haircut is reportedly one of 28 approved cuts for men in North Korea, and even has a name — Ambitious. It was reportedly a shout-out to his grandfather, Kim Il Sung. However, a news report from 2017, when only 15 hairstyles were supposedly approved, said that Kim’s flat-top hairdo was off-limits to commoners.

Even Kim’s love life is shrouded in mystery. He reportedly married 23-year-old former cheerleader Ri Sol Ju in 2009, but the match wasn’t made public until 2012. He was also rumored to be romantically involved with pop star Hyon Song-wol, whose hit songs included “I Love Pyongyang” — apparently a quick way to the dictator’s heart. Though Ri Sol Ju has appeared in public with Kim in recent years, she wields little political power in the Hermit Kingdom.


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Texas salon owner chooses jail over coronavirus lockdown

A defiant Texas salon owner says she’d rather go to jail than close her chop shop in compliance with local stay-at-home orders, according to reports.

Shelley Luther has become a figurehead for the Open Texas movement by keeping Salon À la Mode in Dallas open despite a $1,000 citation as well as a cease-and-desist legal order from local officials.

The City of Dallas has accused her in legal papers of chancing “irreparable injury” to locals with the “substantial risk of continuing the spread of the deadly COVID-19.”

But Luther ripped up the court papers, to cheers from supporters outside her hair and nail salon — acknowledging that there was “a very good chance that I’m getting arrested,” according to footage from KTVT -TV.

Supporters of a group called “Open Texas” rally to re-open Texas businesses shut down by the coronavirus pandemic in Frisco, Texas.

“I will do everything I can to keep the shop open because I’m not closing the store,” she insisted.

“If they arrest me, I have someone that will keep the store open — because it’s our right to keep the store open,” she said to the crowd outside her salon Wednesday, according to the local station. “It’s our right for those women to earn income for their families.”

She accused Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins of “abusing” his power by forcing the lockdown. “Follow the science. The science is Texas needs to get back to work,” Luther told CBS, later comparing the dangers of the disease to those of driving accidents.


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US journalists and bodies condemn attack on Cuban embassy in USA


Washington, Apr 30 (Prensa Latina) US organizations and journalists have condemned the attack against the Cuban embassy in this capital, and called for carrying out an in-depth investigation.

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US journalists and bodies condemn attack on Cuban embassy in USA

Washington, Apr 30 (Prensa Latina) US organizations and journalists have condemned the attack against the Cuban embassy in this capital, and called for carrying out an in-depth investigation.

Surprised and grieved for the shooting at the Cuban embassy in Washington D.C. and relieved that no one was hurt, Emily Mendrala, executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA), said on Thursday.

In a message posted on CDA’s Twitter account, Mendrala stated the incident ‘eerily recalled her a sad and violent past for Cubans and Cuban-Americans in the United States.’

‘US authorities should condemn these acts and guarantee that the rhetoric unites rather than divides,’ the CDA director stressed, arguing the investigation should be quick and thorough.

The Working Group on Cuba, in turn, also posted on Twitter that its thoughts ‘are with the Cuban Embassy staff during this distressing moment.’

We pray this event does not represent a comeback to past political violence, so we urge the US State Department to issue a strong condemnation, the CDA added.

For her part, Gail Reed, editor of Medicc Review magazine, expressed on Twitter that what really happened in the Cuban embassy is a reflection of where the US President Donald Trump policies lead to.

Did someone shoot outside the Cuban embassy with an assault rifle? This is where Trump´s policies lead to, not only against black people or immigrants, but also against diplomats of countries that the US has previously attacked with hatred, he said.

While the Cuban embassy in the United States is being attacked by unknown gunmen with assault rifles, the Trump administration is tighting its war against the Cuban people, journalist Ben Norton said.

Norton denounced that Washington is tightenning its unjust, criminal blockade against Cuba almost 60 years ago, and is even ‘stealing medical supplies coming from China.’


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