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Unions Want Priority Rehiring Of Workers As Nevada Reopens

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Laid-off casino and hotel workers picketed at the Nevada statehouse to demand that state lawmakers pass a bill to require their former employers to bring them back at pre-pandemic wages rather than hire new workers.

A proposal to mandate workers be given the "right to return" and receive priority in the re-hiring process has pitted the powerful Culinary Union against industry groups that may need to hire additional workers as resorts and casinos return to full capacity after a year of limitations due to the pandemic.

State Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro told demonstrators on Tuesday that she intended to ensure the bill moved forward.