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Union members plan second picket demonstration at Cosmopolitan

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Culinary Local 226 members picket outside of Cosmopolitan Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.

Cosmopolitan Picket

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For the second time in a month, members of the Culinary Union say they're headed back to picket the Cosmopolitan.

Some 2,000 employees are in contentious negotiations with Cosmopolitan to reach its first union contract, prompting a picket last month. It was the first time the union had picketed on the Strip in a decade.

Union members plan to be back on the Strip from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

"Deutsche Bank is making enormous profits from hotel stays and food and beverage, yet they don’t value our hard work in these departments," union member George Sproule, a mixologist at the Cosmopolitan, said in a statement. "We deserve the same respect and opportunity to provide for our families as other union casino workers in Las Vegas."

Cosmopolitan officials said the negotiations are between the casino and union and do not involve its owner, Deutsche Bank.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has a history of dealing fairly and openly with the Culinary Union, and we will continue to do so," the Cosmopolitan said in a statement thus evening. "In that regard, these negotiations with the Cosmopolitan management and the Culinary Union are ongoing and in the spirit of finding a fair agreement."

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