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120 people arrested in union protest in Las Vegas

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:27 a.m. HST, Nov 03, 2013

LAS VEGAS >> Some 120 people have been arrested in a union protest against a Las Vegas Strip casino.

Billed as an act of civil disobedience, Friday's demonstration inside the Cosmopolitan was in support of some 2,000 workers who have worked there for two years without a contract.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the arrests came after protesters sat under the resort's famed chandelier and ignored officers' orders to disperse because they were trespassing.

Earlier in the day, over 3,000 Culinary Union picketers blocked three lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard, waving signs and chanting.

On March 20, some 100 Culinary protesters were arrested after they sat in the middle of the same boulevard and blocked traffic.

Labor and Cosmopolitan management have been sparring over wages, health care and job security.

The Cosmopolitan, which was built by a German investment bank after its original developer defaulted, is one of just a handful of non-unionized casinos on the Strip.

A majority of Cosmopolitan service workers signed cards in 2010 saying they wanted representation.

The Culinary, which represents about 60,000 bartenders, maids and food servers, is Sin City's largest union.

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Anonymous wrote:
Unions and Dumocrats are self interest groups promoting an unsustainable lifestyle that has bankrupted the world and the USA. They are directly responsible for the decay of society and the infrastructure of the USA. Who can afford to pay Union wages for their ow home improvements? Side job wages should be utilized for government contracts just like everyone pays for at home...
on November 3,2013 | 05:18AM
NITRO08 wrote:
Do you know what there wages are now? If not don't pass judgement on others or unions that's trying to represent the people. You have no idea what you are talking about! Who can pay union wages a high end hotel!
on November 3,2013 | 06:44AM
Nevadan wrote:
My fifth grade grandson writes better.
on November 3,2013 | 09:28AM
Pareidolic wrote:
Courtesy of AP "Culinary Union members receive free health care and are paid above-average wages. Housekeepers in most Strip hotels start at $16 an hour and receive a pension."
on November 3,2013 | 01:22PM
Nevadan wrote:
Supply and demand issue! Unemployment is up there, if not at the top.
on November 3,2013 | 09:02AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Nevadan, you are right. Nevada’s unemployment rate in July 2013 was 9.5%, the highest in the US. The people who have jobs ought to be grateful to their employers instead of trying to demand more when perhaps there are thousands of unemployed who would love to have their jobs.
on November 3,2013 | 12:09PM
Nevadan wrote:
Thanks for checking. Additionally, the cost of living is low in Nevada - unlike Hawaii.
on November 3,2013 | 12:39PM
HOSSANA wrote:
These people are lucky to have jobs. If they are unhappy, then they should quit and find something better. If not, they should just shaddup, and go back to work and as for those union protesters staging a demonstration or sit-in in favor of the workers without a contract, they should not only be arrested but keep them in jail for the maximum time allowed under the law and just don't slap them with a probation. Sick of these unions. They have abused their original intent and purpose which is the reason for the high costs everywhere.
on November 3,2013 | 06:23AM
NITRO08 wrote:
Easy for you to say you are not working there.
on November 3,2013 | 06:44AM
Kealii wrote:
So many union haters out there that think they know everything but don't have the attitude and skills for a decent job. These jealous people rush to judgement on how unfair unions without any real knowledge of the individual situation. Yet if they had the chance most would leap at the first opportunity to work for better benefits if it were under union representation. You know it's true. I'm not saying all unions are good. There are certainly many that are worse than bloodsucking leeches such as the BCTGM International Union. But the same could be said for the many employers out there who mistreat and underpay their employees. Sometimes a union is a necessary evil to keep the employer in check But for honest and good employers, they're a painful thorn in their side. Hard to judge without knowing all the facts of the story, but people love to do it anyways. After all, it's the internet!
on November 3,2013 | 02:43PM
NITRO08 wrote:
Can you blame them the minimum wage When I started work in 1972 was $1.50 hr. and what is the minimum wage today $7.25, in 41 years the minimum wage went up $5.25 can anyone live on $7.25hr. an hour what a joke.
on November 3,2013 | 06:51AM
Nevadan wrote:
Pathetic English.
on November 3,2013 | 09:08AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Give it a rest, Nevadan. You've made your point against NITRO.
on November 3,2013 | 04:36PM
SandBar wrote:
Minimum wage is meant for entry level and low skill positions. If you feel that you're under paid, solicit your expertise to the highest bidder. Providing you have any skills.
on November 3,2013 | 09:24AM
Pareidolic wrote:
Correcting for inflation, $1.50 in 1972 is around $8 today. That's not too much of a disparity.
on November 3,2013 | 01:24PM
RandolphW wrote:
I would guess that low wages are the price one has to living in "SIN CITY". Most resort areas have large numbers of low paying jobs, and there is no reason for Las Vegas to be an exception. Perhaps Senator Harry Reid can give some advise to workers in the low wage categories.
on November 3,2013 | 07:45AM
Nevadan wrote:
Illegal immigrants lower wages at casinos.
on November 3,2013 | 09:11AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Illegal immigrants hired by money rich investors from Germany, to suck money out of Americans, to send back to Germany, that break American immigrant Lawson American oil. What's that casino magnate that hates Obama. Yeah, that republican.
on November 3,2013 | 01:37PM
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