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Culinary Union raises frequency in Cosmopolitan protests

Reported by: Trevor Thompson
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Updated: 8/16/2013 1:30 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- Getting around the Las Vegas Strip could become more difficult as protesters once again gather outside The Cosmopolitan.

Workers trying to get a union contract have protested four times this year; now four are planned for the next two days.

The Culinary Union says picketing on the weekends will become a regular activity from here until they get contracts for their members.

For the past two years, around 2,000 Cosmo workers have been coming to work without the security a contract provides. And for two years, negotiations with the hotel's ownership haven't produced anything substantial in the union's eyes.

Now, they're turning up the heat.

“What makes this one different is that more members in the other hotels understand it,” said Treasure Island employee Michael Tirabassi. “So now they’re going to show that they can join, too … It’s that same battle with a union hotel.”

“It’s a union town,” said Cosmopolitan employee Andrew Spitutilia. “We want to make sure that everybody has a contract throughout the Strip.”

The hotel-casino released a statement this morning: “The Cosmopolitan management continues to negotiate in good faith with the Culinary Union,” the company said in a statement. “We feel we have been making good progress on behalf of our CoStars and we are hopeful that progress can continue in a positive direction.

“As always, our highest priority is the safety and comfort of our guests and CoStars and we will continue to work with the authorities.”



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