Union members picket downtown Vegas casinos

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Some 2,000 union members picketed in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday to draw attention to ongoing contract talks.

Culinary Workers' Union Local 226 spokeswoman Bethany Khan says multiple lines of picketers walked back and forth at entrances to 10 downtown properties.

She says the union is committed to keeping "good, middle-class" jobs in Nevada.

The union represents housekeepers, bartenders, and cocktail and food servers.

Contracts expired last June, and union members voted in February to end a contract extension.

Members voted March 27 to authorize a strike if no agreement is reached.

Culinary and bartender unions have new five-year deals with most large Las Vegas casino operators.

Talks continue with Binion's, the El Cortez, Four Queens, Fremont, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, Las Vegas Club, Las Vegas Plaza, Main Street Station and The D.