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Union picket blocks part of Las Vegas Strip

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Culinary Union members picket in front of The Cosmopolitan on Friday, June 14. (Azenith Smith/FOX5) Culinary Union members picket in front of The Cosmopolitan on Friday, June 14. (Azenith Smith/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The heart of the Las Vegas Strip on Friday again become a picket zone as resort workers demonstrated against stalled contract negotiations.

Two lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard southbound were blocked beginning at 5 p.m. in front of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel-casino.

The protest was mainly made up of members of Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165.

The event was a continuation of the unions' calls for contract negotiation with the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, which is something they have prodded for two years, according to workers.

"We haven't been able to come to an agreement on issues like health and welfare or wages," said Attila Szabo, a mixologist at the Cosmopolitan. "I want Cosmopolitan workers to have the same standard of living as union workers who do the same jobs we do."

The picket was a repeat scene of a number of demonstrations held there with the last happening in March.

In reference to the March picket, the resort said in a statement:

"The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has a history of dealing fairly and openly with the Culinary Union, and we will continue to do so. In that regard, these negotiations with The Cosmopolitan management and the Culinary Union are ongoing and in the spirit of finding a fair agreement. The Cosmopolitan would like to make it clear that negotiations are being conducted solely between The Cosmopolitan management and the Culinary Union."

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