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County commissioner: Union comments 'crossed line'

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The Alliance to Protect Nevada Jobs posted a new video on YouTube, showing protesters shouting insults to tourists. (Source: YouTube.com) The Alliance to Protect Nevada Jobs posted a new video on YouTube, showing protesters shouting insults to tourists. (Source: YouTube.com)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

For the second time in less than two weeks, protesters are captured on video calling tourists names and yelling at them with a bull horn.

"Look at these deadbeat dads… shame on you!" One protester yelled.

It all goes back to an ongoing contract negotiation between the Cosmopolitan workers and ownership to work out a union contract. 

To support the workers without a contract, the Culinary Union Local 226 has been holding protests outside of the Cosmopolitan on Saturdays for several months.

The Alliance to Protect Nevada Jobs first posted the union protesters from Oct. 5th calling tourists "losers" and "jerks" as they walked inside the casino.

"You're a piece of trash!" the protester yelled. "You fat pig! You turn around!"

Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioner, was shocked by the video.

"I understand that people have a right to protest and they have a right to first amendment free speech, but when you get into the insults…"

The comment that offended him most was when someone yelled "retard" at the tourists.

"Go somewhere else! We hope you get some exercise! You retards! You losers!" the protester said.

"That really is one of those words that crosses a line, and I wish that they would realize that when you insult somebody to this extent that can provide really lasting damage," Sisolak said.

David Schwartz, Director of the Center for Gaming Research at UNLV says it's bad for business, and gives Las Vegas a negative image.

"When I first saw it, I really was kind of sickened because you don't expect to see people coming to Las Vegas to have a good time treated like that," Schwartz said.

Both Schwartz and Sisolak were surprised union leadership hasn't distanced themselves from these protesters as of yet, or told them to stop.

"I would have to think that the union leadership would have to think twice about this," Schwartz said. "I'm surprised that they haven't distanced themselves from this already."

"It becomes very inflammatory and I don't see a positive that can come from that," Sisolak said.

FOX5 did reach out to the Culinary Union Local 226 for a comment, but they did not contact the station back for comment.

Meantime, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority sent this statement:

"This is between the Culinary Union and the property."

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