Culinary Union members picket outside The Cosmopolitan
For the first time in several years, a major protest was held on the Las Vegas Strip. Video by ktnv.com
Workers protest at the Cosmopolitan Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- For the first time in several years, a major protest was held on the Las Vegas Strip.
It happened right outside of The Cosmopolitan.
The picketers began at about 11 a.m. and plan to keep at it until 7 p.m.
Organizers say there are about 1,500 of them.
"We don't even have a contract, we're negotiating a contract and trying to get on par with everybody up and down the Strip," said George Sproule, a mixologist at The Cosmopolitan.
Just outside the popular hotel casino was a show of solidarity by employees of The Cosmopolitan. Workers belonging to the Culinary Union, people like bartenders, cocktail waitresses and servers, picketed, hoping the company serves up paperwork soon.
The casino released a statement on Thursday: "We understand that it is the union's right to picket. The Cosmopolitan has been negotiating in good faith and will continue to do so."
Union members want a contract in order to receive health care, set wages and overall job security.
Las Vegas police officers were present all day to make sure things went smoothly. As of late afternoon, no major issues had arisen.