- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Members of two large unions marched the Las Vegas Strip in 107-degree heat Wednesday afternoon as part of an ongoing labor dispute at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s hotel.

Organizers planned for about 2,000 attendees at the rally on Wednesday afternoon, including hospitality workers with the Culinary Union and an estimated 1,700 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees who were in town for a major convention that included a speech from presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Numerous protesters sat down alongside the route and sought help from nurses and paramedics because of the heat, and the event was shortened to get union members back indoors.

“We fight for workers’ rights 365 days a year, no matter how hot,” said Culinary Union spokeswoman Bethany Khan, who noted the group spent six years picketing on behalf of workers at the Las Vegas’ Frontier casino in similar heat.

The National Labor Relations Board recently certified a December election that showed a majority of workers at the Las Vegas luxury hotel wanted union representation. Trump’s company asked for a review challenging that decision.

Workers want contract talks to start now, but it could be difficult to compel Trump management to come to the bargaining table anytime soon. A spokeswoman for the company didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment on Wednesday.

Protesters, many clad in green AFSCME shirts, walked the half-mile route in a blocked-off lane of the Las Vegas Strip and chanted “Donald Trump, look around, Vegas is a union town.” Their signs riffed on Trump’s bravado, with slogans including “Give us the greatest, most impressive contract of all time.”

Clinton supporters, including Democratic Nevada Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto, said Trump’s handling of the unionization effort is another strike against him.

“We cannot continue to allow bullies like Donald Trump to take advantage of American workers,” Cortez Masto said at a rally in front of Trump’s hotel. “How can we trust him to care for American workers if he doesn’t even take care of his own employees?”

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