Station Casino Offers Options to Workers - Sunday 30th of April 2006

Las Vegas Gaming Wire

LAS VEGAS Nonunion Station Casinos isn't encouraging its immigrant employees to come to work if they want to stay home and support Monday's Day Without Immigrants protest. But there will be activities at all company casinos for workers who do decide to stay on the job.

Station Casinos' 14,000-person work force is about 35 percent immigrants, corporate Vice President of Human Resources Valerie Murzl said. The company, in writing last week, encouraged workers who didn't want to come to work Monday to apply for a one-day leave. She said "a couple of hundred people" are taking the day off.

For those who work Monday, Station Casinos is handing out white T-shirts that have a printed message in support of immigration reform.

In addition, 50,000 postcards, pre-addressed to members of Nevada's congressional delegation, will be available for employees to sign.

Station Casinos will mail the postcards to Nevada's U.S. senators and representatives.

The postcards state that the signer opposes federal legislation that makes an illegal immigrant a felon, makes it a crime to assist an illegal immigrant, or makes it impossible for an illegal immigrant to become a U.S. citizen.

The postcards support federal immigration legislation that protects the borders of the United States, provides for a guest worker program and identifies a path to citizenship for immigrants.

"I think we're doing something (that) allows all our team members to be involved," Murzl said

Nonunion Station Casinos isn't encouraging its immigrant employees to come to work if they want to stay home and support Monday's Day Without Immigrants protest. But there will be activities at all company casinos for workers who do decide to stay on the job.

Station Casinos' 14,000-person work force is about 35 percent immigrants, corporate Vice President of Human Resources Valerie Murzl said. The company, in writing last week, encouraged workers who didn't want to come to work Monday to apply for a one-day leave. She said "a couple of hundred people" are taking the day off.

For those who work Monday, Station Casinos is handing out white T-shirts that have a printed message in support of immigration reform.

In addition, 50,000 postcards, pre-addressed to members of Nevada's congressional delegation, will be available for employees to sign.

Station Casinos will mail the postcards to Nevada's U.S. senators and representatives.

The postcards state that the signer opposes federal legislation that makes an illegal immigrant a felon, makes it a crime to assist an illegal immigrant, or makes it impossible for an illegal immigrant to become a U.S. citizen.

The postcards support federal immigration legislation that protects the borders of the United States, provides for a guest worker program and identifies a path to citizenship for immigrants.

"I think we're doing something (that) allows all our team members to be involved," Murzl said.

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