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Several groups march down Las Vegas Strip on Sunday for May Day

May Day march
Yvette Fernandez
A May Day march is seen in Las Vegas on May 1, 2022.

May 1 was May Day, also known as International Day of the Worker.

The Culinary Union, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Make the Road Nevada and others marched down the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday beginning at the Bellagio fountains and ending at New York-New York’s Statue of Liberty where they held a rally calling for workers rights.

Jose Rivera is a member of Make the Road Nevada.  He said as Las Vegas overcomes the pandemic, it’s important to remember that most workers who were “essential workers,” and are now getting businesses back to work, are immigrant workers.

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"We have farm workers, we have casino workers, all of them are essential workers. They have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, being racially attacked, profiled, saying we don't belong here ... well, we've earned our stay and it's time we get that stay," Rivera said.


He said workers want more permanent protections.

Rivera is currently protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and said that protection can be taken away from him at any time.

Yvette Fernandez is KNPR’s daily news reporter and announcer. She joined the station September 2021.