It’s been announced that Jon Gray, the general manager of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas has left his job. The news was broken to hotel staff in the past few days in a company-wide memo.
Gray, 34, says that he wants to “move on to the next chapter” of his career, now that the $690m redevelopment of the Palms Casino Resort has been completed. “It was time to go,” he announced and said that he was “proud” of what had been achieved as the venue was renovated.”
The statement from Station Casinos who own the venue stated that he “will be greatly missed at the Palms.” It added that they are “extremely grateful” for his “valuable contributions to the property” over the past three years. Lord Nicholas will replace Gray until a full-time replacement is named.
However, there may well be more to his resignation than the completion of the renovation at the Palms Casino Resort. There has been some unrest at the venue this year. April saw an article published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine had stated that the management’s “lack of concern” had created a negative environment especially regards health and safety. Maria Meyer, a cook at the Palms venue for 14 years said that health first aid kits had been removed and they had to call the security officer, and this could take up to a quarter of an hour.
Disgruntled employees at Palm Legacy then voted to create a union. That didn’t please the management who refused to acknowledge the creation of the new union. There have also been allegations of management breaking federal labor laws.
Further criticism has come from Senator Bernie Sanders, who is campaigning to be the next President (if recovering from his recent heart problems), He spoke about the problems during a recent visit to Las Vegas. He was critical of the Fertitta brothers who own Station Casinos, particularly their “repeated failure to recognize the legitimacy of the recently approved union at the Palm Casino Resort.”
It’s a big deal as Station Casinos employ a great number of employees. It is believed that they are the third-largest employer in the state of Nevada.