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For the Second Time in a Month, Culinary Union Members Plan a Picket
Demonstration at Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas

By Ron Sylvester, Las Vegas SunMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News

Feb. 28, 2013--For the second time in a month, members of the Culinary Union say they're headed back to picket the Cosmopolitan.

Some 2,000 employees are in contentious negotiations with Cosmopolitan to reach its first union contract, prompting a picket last month. It was the first time the union had picketed on the Strip in a decade.

Union members plan to be back on the Strip from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

"Deutsche Bank is making enormous profits from hotel stays and food and beverage, yet they don't value our hard work in these departments," union member George Sproule, a mixologist at the Cosmopolitan, said in a statement. "We deserve the same respect and opportunity to provide for our families as other union casino workers in Las Vegas."

Cosmopolitan officials said the negotiations are between the casino and union and do not involve its owner, Deutsche Bank.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has a history of dealing fairly and openly with the Culinary Union, and we will continue to do so," the Cosmopolitan said in a statement thus evening. "In that regard, these negotiations with the Cosmopolitan management and the Culinary Union are ongoing and in the spirit of finding a fair agreement."

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel's red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan's signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.

Upon entering the resort, you're greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you'll find all your favorite casino games on the resort's 100,000-square-foot casino floor.

The Cosmopolitan's rooms standout as the resort's most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan's 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.

The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn't something you'll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan's 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You'll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.

Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.

If nightclubs aren't your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan's five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.

3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-698-7000


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