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Cosmopolitan Workers Want a Contract — Now

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KXNT File photo Culinary Union Local 226 protesting on Las Vegas Boulevard in January 2013.

KXNT File photo Culinary Union Local 226 protesting on Las Vegas Boulevard in January 2013.

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Las Vegas CBS KXNT- Trying to inspire more urgency in its negotiations with the Cosmopolitan, Culinary Union Local 226 staged a picket outside the property on Thursday. Several hundred Cosmopolitan employees and union members carried picket signs and chanted outside the front entrance.

Banquet server Cassius O’Brien told KXNT that management has indicated there may not be a contract until 2015. Meanwhile, O’Brien said, the Cosmopolitan has failed to address very basic concerns, like guaranteed work hours, job descriptions, and successorship, which means implementing a labor contract that would obligate a future owner to retain union employees.

“That means when they buy the property, they buy our contract, they buy us as well,” O’Brien said. “It’s just job security.”

Culinary representatives told KXNT the Cosmopolitan’s owner, Deutsche Bank, has said it can’t afford a union contract right now. Culinary reps say they believe Deutsche Bank has intended all along to put the property on the market. The Cosmopolitan has been open for 18 months, and has about 2,500 employees who want union representation, according to Local 226.

The Cosmopolitan told Review Journal gaming reporter Howard Stutz it is negotiating in good faith.

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