Workers at Red Rock Resorts in Nevada have presented the casino’s owners, Station Casinos, with a petition signed by one hundred occupational health professionals calling on the company to assure full compliance with its responsibility to protect its workers from health and safety risks.
The petition is an outcome of a blind academic study, commissioned by the Culinary Union, on the health and safety of non-union casino workers in Las Vegas that was conducted in 2015 and presented at the American Public Health Association’s 2016 conference. The Culinary Union has since identified the employer subject of the blind study as Station Casinos.
Adolfo Gaspar, a Palace Station cook, said: “We have been understaffed for the last six to seven years and they don’t train people properly. The pots and pans are regularly dirty so I have to work extra hard to clean everything before I can cook, which adds a lot of stress to my job.”
“We just had a health and safety training. The management rushed us through it, said we didn’t have to watch the video, and they even gave us the answers,” said Viola Butler, a Palace Station hostess-cashier.
This latest study comes on the heels of an independent human rights report authored by three legal scholars that raised allegations of human rights abuses at Station Casinos’ properties.
The findings from the health and safety study exposed a lack of proper supplies, faulty equipment, issues surrounding breaks and meal periods, understaffing, lack of training, perceived discrimination, and exposures that negatively affect the health of employees.
“The findings from this study are very clear. Unfortunately, workers across all job classifications – from guest room attendants and porters to kitchen and front-of-house staff – described being exposed to unsafe and unhealthful working conditions,” said report author Dr. Diana Romero.