Following the mass shooting on October 1st in 2017, many hotels have implemented policies to prevent future tragedies of the same nature. These policies include mandatory room checks for guests who have hung ‘do not disturb’ signs on their doors. However, unions for workers in the hospitality industry are not happy with certain conditions.
Caesars Entertainment is at the forefront of these concerns because they proposed that housekeepers must enter any room where guests have been isolated for more than 24 hours. Unions rejected this proposal on the grounds that this is not in their scope of duties. Room check policies were implemented in February, but the company hasn’t shed light on who would carry out inspections since the proposal was rejected. A proposal by the union for security officers to check rooms was rejected by Caesars.
Other Room Check Policies
Many other casino operators also introduced new policies since the shooting. Boyd Gaming was the first to implement a 48-hour check. Caesars then said that their guest rooms would be checked every 24 hours. Wynn Resorts went a step further by implementing a 12-hour check. This was, of course, before the company was mixed up in Steve Wynn’s misconduct scandal.
While these measures may comfort some people, experts believe that this will not stop another mass shooting. Mehmet Erdem, a professor at the University of Nevada, went so far as to warn them that the employees should be careful to protect their ‘guests’ privacy.’ Erdem currently lectures at the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality.
Until Caesars Entertainment discloses who will be checking rooms, the Culinary Workers Union 226 will continue to defend their members. At least 57 000 bartenders, housekeepers, bellmen, cocktail and food servers, and cooks are members of the union. According to Geoconda Argüello-Kline, the Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer, they will continue to oppose Caesars.
They claim that the company is failing to ‘protect their largely female workforce’ by forcing housekeepers to check rooms. So, it looks like this Las Vegas firm will be one of many under scrutiny in 2018.