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8 NEWS NOW: Thousands picket in Las Vegas as negotiations continue between Culinary Union, resorts

Thousands of Culinary Union workers picketed on the Las Vegas Strip Thursday as contract negotiations continue with some of the entertainment capital of the world’s largest resorts.

Union members say they are concerned about receiving fewer hours, resulting in less pay. Jose Mesa Torres, a union member, told reporters he believes resort operators “need to share” their profits.

“We built this city, and we deserve to thrive in this city,” Bethany Khan, a spokesperson for the Culinary Union, said. “A good contract would enable that.”

53,000 workers’ contracts with MGM, Caesars, and Wynn are expired.

Their demands include better pay, benefits, and job security.

“We need a new package for benefits and more money for our families, and keep our job safe,” Aria employee Roxana Priego told 8 News Now.

“Our families are suffering we are overloaded. But yet they don’t want to share the profit that we need for us and for our families and for our future,” Silvia Salazar a hotel room attendant at an MGM resort expressed.

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