Did Culinary Union members go to jail for protesting over Vegas resort contracts?
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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Culinary Workers Union Local 226 Press conference Oct. 27, 2023
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