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Culinary Union ramping up protests on Las Vegas Strip


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Culinary Union ramping up protests on Las Vegas Strip

By Denise Wong. CREATED Aug 16, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- They've held up traffic on the Las Vegas Strip four time already this year.  But once again, members of the Culinary Workers Union will be out picketing on Friday. This is the start of the group's weekly pickets that it says will be going on two days a week, two times a day.

Members of the Culinary Worker Union plan to picket in front of the The Cosmopolitan on Harmon Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then again from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

They plan to picket on Saturdays during those same hours.

It's because the Culinary Workers Union wants the Cosmopolitan to unionize, but the owners of the hotel-casino are still negotiating.  They have been negotiating for about two years.  Both parties have not been able to agree on things like wages and health care.

The Cosmopolitan isn't the only hotel-casino on the Strip that isn't represented by the Culinary Workers Union.  However, this is the hotel-casino the union has targeted the most.

Each time these protests are held, demonstrators have blocked traffic lanes, creating problems for drivers on the Strip.  In the past, these demonstrations have taken place in the early evening hours.