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First They Picketed, Now Culinary Union Planing to Block Las Vegas Boulevard
Traffic and Let Police Arrest Them Over Cosmopolitan Contract Dispute

By Ed Komenda, Las Vegas SunMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News

March 19, 2013--First, they picketed.

Now, members of the Culinary Union plan to block traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard and let police arrest them.

Union officials say the plight to perform an "act of civil disobedience" -- scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday -- comes after nearly two years of stalled contract negotiations between some 2,000 workers at the Cosmopolitan and resort owner Deutsche Bank.

The negotiations have included wages, health care costs and job security. The Cosmopolitan is one of the few casinos on the Strip where employees work without a contract.

"As it is, the delay for good contracts at the Cosmopolitan threatens the standard of living that has been established over decades of worker organizing," said Culinary 226 spokeswoman Yvanna Cancela in a release Monday.

Union members first picketed outside the Cosmopolitan on Jan. 31, marking the first such pushback in a decade. The action prompted a second picketing campaign less than a month later on March 1.


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