Governor Sisolak holds virtual signing ceremony for SB4, first-in-the-nation legislation that protects Nevada workers



Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 3pm pacific


Bethany Khan, (702) 387-7088,

Governor Sisolak holds virtual signing ceremony for SB4, first-in-the-nation legislation that protects Nevada workers

Las Vegas, NV -  Governor Steve Sisolak will be joined virtually by stakeholders and community supporters of Senate Bill 4, the “Adolfo Fernandez Bill” for a bill signing ceremony in his office on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 3:00pm via Zoom.

Senate Bill 4 is first-in-the-nation legislation that will protect over 280,000 workers in the hospitality industry in Clark County and Washoe County.

The bill passed the Nevada Assembly August 5, after previously passing the Nevada Senate, and is on the governor’s desk.


*Governor Steve Sisolak

*Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for Culinary Union

*Irma Fernandez, daughter of Adolfo Fernandez 

*Bill Hornbuckle, CEO and president, MGM Resorts  

WHAT: Virtual bill signing of SB4 with community and business leaders

WHEN: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 3pm


Members of the public can watch the livestream on Facebook: 


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WHY: Senate Bill 4 “Adolfo Fernandez Bill” will protect over 280,000 hospitality workers in Clark County and Washoe. 

The worker provisions in the Senate Bill 4 are the result of five months of the Culinary Union having thousands of one-on-one conversations with workers, two different car caravans on the Las Vegas Strip with over 10,000 Nevadans participating, dozens of public comment before the Nevada Gaming Control Board and Gaming Commission, and drafting, researching, and consulting with experts on the health and safety language in the Bill.

Senate Bill 4 is a first-in-the-nation legislation that will protect all workers in the hospitality industry in Las Vegas and Reno - wall-to-wall, front-of-the house and back-of-the house, union and non-union, worker and manager - from the Bellagio to Motel 6. A majority of workers covered by this law are not unionized. 

Behind every worker in this state there is a family and the Culinary Union is proud to have won the best safety standards for all workers in the state’s largest industry. We urge elected leaders to continue working towards extending similar protections to all workers in Nevada. When workers are protected, our entire community - from the hospitality industry to customers and locals are protected.


Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, represent 60,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, including at most of the casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. UNITE HERE represents 300,000 workers in gaming, hotel, and food service industries in North America.  

The Culinary Union, through the Culinary Health Fund, is one of the largest healthcare consumers in the state. The Culinary Health Fund is sponsored by the Culinary Union and Las Vegas-area employers. It provides health insurance coverage for over 145,000 Nevadans, the Culinary Union’s members and their dependents.   

The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest Black/AAPI/immigrant organization with members who come from 178 countries and speak over 40 different languages. We are proud to have helped over 18,000 immigrants become American citizens and new voters since 2001 through our affiliate, The Citizenship Project. 

The Culinary Union has a diverse membership -- approximately 55% women, 54% Latinx, 19% White, 15% Asian, 10% Black, and less than 1% Indigenous Peoples — and consists of guest room attendants, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, bartenders, laundry and kitchen workers. The Culinary Union has been fighting for fair wages, job security, and good health benefits for workers in Nevada for 85 years. / @Culinary226  


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