On Wednesday night, members of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165 will engage in the first act of civil disobedience on the Las Vegas strip by union members in more than 20 years in solidarity with workers from the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas casino. The workers have been negotiating a contract with the casino owner, Deutsche Bank, for more than two years and they contend that the owner refuses to agree on measures that are standard in other major casino contracts on the strip. Workers plan to engage in action by blocking traffic. Contracts for workers on the Strip will expire June 1.
Culinary Workers writes on its Facebook page:
Ron Gladstone, a 20-year union member who works as a cook at The D Las Vegas, will be taking part in this week's action. He said, "This is important not just for the workers at Cosmo, but for all workers in Las Vegas. We're going to do whatever it takes to make sure Las Vegas remains a town where people have the opportunity to provide for their families through good union jobs."
Culinary 226 and Bartenders 165 union members will be joined by clergy and UNITE HERE leaders from across the country. Grisell Margarino, a Mandalay Bay housekeeper described how she felt about participating in the civil disobedience, "I've never done something like this, but I'm ready.” She is one of more than 100 union members who will get arrested in a show of solidarity with workers at the Cosmopolitan. “Las Vegas is a union town, and workers are not going to back down,” said Margarino.