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More than 100 arrested at Las Vegas Strip union protest

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Metro police said about 105 people were arrested during a Culinary Union protest outside Cosmopolitan Las Vegas on Friday evening. (Ashley Conroy/FOX5) Metro police said about 105 people were arrested during a Culinary Union protest outside Cosmopolitan Las Vegas on Friday evening. (Ashley Conroy/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

It's become a familiar sight on the Las Vegas Strip. Thousands of union protestors marched and shouted in front of the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Friday afternoon.

It was the third such large-scale protest this year. Metro police on Friday night confirmed a little over 100 protestors were arrested.

Protestors said they were prepared to be arrested. Metro police said they were ready for anything. Several lanes of traffic were blocked off on Harmon Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.

Culinary Union members said they've been waiting two and a half years on a contract from Cosmopolitan owner Deutsche Bank.

"I'm going to do whatever it takes to win this fight," protestor Laura Javier said.

Javier said a lack of a contract hurts everyone who works on the Strip.

"Cosmopolitan is threatening our standard of living, you know. Right now, we don't have a contract," she said.

Recently, Culinary Union picketers were caught in a YouTube video hurling insults at Cosmopolitan patrons.

Metro Capt. Robert Duvall said police would take action if threats were made.

"Fighting words or something that would inspire a riot, something like that," Duvall said.

The Culinary Union said most attendees would strictly be there to protest peacefully, with just a few members committing acts of civil disobedience.

Duvall has arrested Culinary Union members before.

"A lot of times it's just sitting down somewhere, whether it's the middle of the road, which this union has done, the middle of the casino, the middle of the hotel lobby," Duvall said.

Smaller demonstrations have taken place outside the Cosmopolitan on Saturdays for the past few months. They were recently canceled.

The union is next scheduled to meet with owners on Wednesday.

The Cosmopolitan issued a statement Friday saying it is negotiating in good faith with the union and is hopeful progress can continue in a positive direction.

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