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Laid off Casino Workers Want Full Salary and Benefits

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GREENVILLE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Laid off casino workers want the casinos to pay their full salary and benefits for the duration of coronavirus shutdowns. Gaming industry workers and union leaders from Las Vegas, Atlantic City, New Orleans, and Mississippi say many laid-off workers have not been able to file for unemployment and have no income even as bills, rent, and mortgage payments come due. Virtually every casino in the country is closed in the effort to slow the spread of the virus by eliminating large gatherings that attract people from far-flung places. Many casinos gave their workers two weeks’ salary upon closing, some gave four but others gave nothing. Wynn, Las Vegas Sands, and Station Casinos have agreed to pay workers through mid-May, and MGM Resorts International has an $11 million emergency grant fund for employees with urgent needs like rent, mortgage payments, groceries, and utilities.

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