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Culinary Training Academy Helps Sahara Workers
Culinary Training Academy Helps Sahara Workers

The Culinary Training Academy (CTA) today is hosting an open house for all former Sahara workers seeking retraining and potential new job placement.

Monday's closure will affect nearly 400 members of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165.  The casino‚Äôs owner, SBE Entertainment, and the unions have worked together closely to help workers financially weather the shutdown and secure new employment.

SBE agreed to provide workers with severance pay based on their years of service.  Even workers who were laid off within the last 12 months are eligible for the pay.  Workers with 20 or more years at the company will receive $5,000.  Workers with 15 to 20 years will receive $3,750.  The amounts go down from there, but even workers with less than a year of service will receive a severance check.

Through their union contracts, many Sahara workers have vested pensions that they will be able to draw in retirement.  Their Culinary health insurance, which covers whole families, will also continue for four months after the closure at no cost to the workers.  After that, the workers will be eligible for a low-cost, basic health plan through the Culinary Health Fund.

At the CTA, which is located in North Las Vegas, people can take free classes to refresh their job skills, learn a new career, and potentially secure new employment.

For more information, contact the CTA at 924-2100.

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