Union workers protest in front of the Cosmopolitan on Wednesday. (Matt DeLucia/FOX5)
Metro police have buses waiting in case arrests are made. (Matt DeLucia/FOX5)
Las Vegas Boulevard is closed off at The Cosmopolitan. (Matt DeLucia/FOX5)
Street camera view of the protest.
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Protests have been going on for months, but now union workers at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas are stepping up their efforts.
Culinary 226 and Bartenders 165 union members blocked traffic lanes on the Las Vegas Strip during a protest on Wednesday. That protest got under way at 5 p.m.
Metro police said 104 protestors received citations for obstructing a roadway. None of them were taken to jail.
The workers described it as an act of civil disobedience and stressed the action was non-violent and included clergy members.
Since opening in December 2010, union members said they haven't been able to form a union contract. They blame casino owner Deutsche Bank for not allowing fair wages and benefits.
"You always hate to do something like this, but sometimes this is what happens and it's necessary – fighting for justice. I am prepared to be arrested," one protestor said.
The Cosmopolitan released a statement to FOX5 stating: "As we've said before, the Cosmopolitan management is in ongoing negotiations with the union to find a fair agreement. We are hopeful that progress can continue in a positive direction and for continued clarity, the negotiations are being conducted solely between The Cosmopolitan management and the union.
Our highest priority will continue to be on the safety and hospitality of our guests and CoStars. We will work with the authorities to ensure that access to the resort is maintained."
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