COVID-19 strikes again. Several thousand MGM Resorts employees went unemployed in September when CEO Bill Hornbuckle announced, effective August 31, that at least 18,000 casino employees had lost their jobs.
The layoffs affect employees across the country as MGM has numerous hotel casinos in a number of states. It is unclear how many layoffs affect employees in the Las Vegas area. Overall, the large number makes up a whopping quarter of MGM’s US employees.
Another blow to the casino industry
In a letter, Hornbuckle said that while MGM has been able to safely resume operations for many of its properties, the industry remains badly hit by the pandemic.
“It has been nearly six months since we temporarily closed all of our US homes due to COVID-19 and were forced to take almost all of our domestic workforce on leave. While we have safely resumed operations for many of our properties and returned tens of thousands of ours Work colleagues, our industry – and our country – are still affected by the pandemic, and we are not working to full capacity again, ”wrote Hornbuckle.
MGM had previously announced that due to the cancellation of live events and the fact that shows in Las Vegas and other cities cannot have an audience, most of its entertainment staff would be laid off.
Hornbuckle went on to say that the employees laid off on August 31 would remain on the company’s “recall list” so the company could bring employees back based on business needs, position and seniority.
MGM National Harbor in Maryland also laid off 779 employees. The layoffs from MGM Grand Detroit have now affected 1,100 employees and MGM Springfield has laid off 1,000 employees.
MGM will also extend health benefits through the end of the month.