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UPDATE 2-21-2005 — SPARKS —Longtime Nevada labor leader Tom Stoneburner died today of a massive heart attack at his home in Palomino Valley north of Sparks. His colleagues at Circus-Circus Hotel-Casino in Reno are devastated, as are his many friends and associates in the Nevada labor movement. We have lost a great champion. The news links below detail Stoneburner's activities in just the first half of 2001. Stoney worked his heart out for Nevada workers and the proof lies below. (Back to Stoneburner Memorial Page.)


RENO, NV (July 6, 2001) — Reno attorney Jeffrey Dickerson filed a six-count claim and jury trial demand in U.S. District Court. For details, analysis and links to similar cases, see The Daily Sparks (Nev.) Tribune. For regional and national fallout, the Jespersen case home page and archive, click here. Legal beagles and labor bulldogs may also read the complete text of the federal civil rights filing.

HITTING THE BRICKS & HARRAH'S, TOO (Reno, 2-16-2001) — Left to right, cocktail servers Nancy Standley, Leslie Williams and Kricket Martinez, bartender Darlene Jespersen and security guard Tom Stoneburner demonstrate against debilitating high heels and other worker-brutalizing policies, such as those which cost Jespersen her job. She attended the June 15 cocktail server protest in front of the Venetian Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip and filed major civil rights litigation against Harrah's on July 6.

Leslie work card bill moves on
(This bill was later used for legalizing Internet gambling.)

Columnist John L. Smith: Work card requirements nonsensical

LVRJ Editorial -- LV work card ordinance won't withstand lawsuit

Las Vegas Strip officials repeal work card rules

Columnist Steve Sebelius: City of Las Vegas should do the same

State's largest newspaper endorses work card bill

HEEL ME -- Las Vegas casino high heel policies targeted

HEAR ME -- Hearing on high heels & forced overtime

PUFF DADDY -- Bill mandates nonsmoking casinos

Reagan-appointed judge denies Nevada casino workers class action status in four casino secondhand smoking cases

U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao hits patients' bill of rights,
then tours Las Vegas Culinary Union training academy

TIME FOR A RAISE — Culinary Union inks first contracts with Reno Hilton and Flamingo Hilton- Reno

Las Vegas CityLife — Can Nevada Latinos spark a progressive movement in a retro state where the Sixties never happened?

Las Vegas Sun -- National Latino groups eye the Silver State

Las Vegas — Kiss my foot, boss! Cocktail servers rally at Venetian

Bosses act like footwear — These heels ain't made for walkin'

SIT ON THIS — Mirage cocktail waitresses win round in federal court against Steve Wynn, who called them "fat asses"
Supremes rule that one sexual remark is not harassment

Las Vegas-- Dolores Huerta Center helps low-wage workers

STUDY: NAFTA costs thousands of Nevada jobs

Las Vegas Sun Editorial -- Don't kill subsequent injury fund

NEWS ROUNDUP: Equal Pay Day -- women shortchanged as usual
AFL-CIO's Linda Chavez-Thompson backs NV gender equity study
UPDATE -- Gender pay equity study bill makes the cut

Nevada employment discrimination remedies called a joke

Nevada workers remain cheap, disposable, interchangeable parts
New schools under construction in danger of boarding up

REAL HEELS -- Harrah's implements "personal best" appearance standards, including spike heels, amid protests in Atlantic City

The Press of Atlantic City editorially trashes Harrah's cookie-cutter employee appearance program

Fired Hilton worker wins multi-million dollar judgment

LONG BATTLE WON --- Reno Hilton signs six-year contract
with security guards union

Disposable workers worth more dead than alive

Casinos fight new OSHA standards for dealers
An ergonomically obtuse LVRJ editorial
GOP U.S. Senators fight to kill ergonomics standard
ERGO VOTE — Nevada delegation splits along party lines
Senators split -- Reid supports, Ensign opposes worker protection

TWU charters new Local 721 for Las Vegas casino dealers

Nevada State AFL-CIO promises support

High court sides with worker -- Ruling returns denial of heart attack benefits to District Court despite state law

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