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Did Culinary Union members go to jail for protesting over Vegas resort contracts?

By Jannelle Calderon on 10/30/2023


Ted Pappageorge, secretary-treasurer of Culinary Workers Union Local 226, clarified during a press conference last week in Las Vegas that members who had volunteered to be arrested during a planned civil disobedience demonstration last Wednesday were detained and cited but not taken to jail.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement that officers responded to a planned protest on the Las Vegas Strip where thousands of Culinary workers gathered to send a message to the industry’s largest employers as parties seek to settle on the terms of a new five-year contract.

According to police, 58 of the protesters “failed to disperse from the public roadway,” had their hands zip-tied by police and were cited with blocking the street, which is a misdemeanor. They then were released.

Pappgeorge said Culinary expects to represent its members facing charges in court.

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