CREATED Aug. 16, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Hundreds of members of the Culinary Workers Union marched in front of the The Cosmopolitan Friday, demanding a resolution to their ongoing labor dispute.
"We've got families to feed and we've got to have a livelihood we can count on," union member George Sproule said.
Union members say things are moving too slowly.
They say they are close to an agreement with management when it comes to benefits and pay.
The sticking point is a successorship clause that would require anyone who buys the hotel to honor the contract.
"If we are sold tomorrow, what happens to us if the MGM comes in. What happens is they bring in their own people and we are out of jobs," union member Debra Spoke-Golden said.
A spokesperson for The Cosmopolitan issued a statement Friday that read:
“The Cosmopolitan management continues to negotiate in good faith with the Culinary Union. 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.”
"We are demonstrating that we are not going to take anything less that what we want and we deserve," Sproule said.
The weekend protests are being called work and walks, because many of the union members are stopping by before or after their shifts, but they are also being joined by members of other unions that are showing their support.
"We are all fighting for the same thing and it is a great cause," Sproule said.
During the two hour long protest, members of the union booed customers entering the casino, but those Action News spoke with said they couldn't change their plans because of the dispute.
"Maybe they are right and they are wrong, but we've come all the way from the United Kingdom," said a customer leaving the casino.
The protesters say they are going to continue their demonstration Saturday and every other weekend until they reach an agreement with Cosmopolitan management.