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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Protesters, who were captured on video calling tourists on the Las Vegas Strip "losers" and "jerks", were seen in new clips insulting people about their weight and even addressing some with a slur used for people with disabilities.
Local advocacy group Alliance to Protect Nevada Jobs released Thursday the latest clip of Culinary Union leaders shouting at people as they entered the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino. The group said the insults in the video, which they labeled as happening on Oct. 12, were harsher.
In the video, protest leaders were heard saying to parents of small kids, "What are you teaching your children? Shame on you. Bad parents! Shame on you!"
In a number of moments on the video, a protester on a megaphone insults tourists for their weight.
"You beached whale!" shouted one protester. "Man with the belly, you need exercise."
The video then gets to a point where the same protest leader says, "You losers. You retards."
With the new video, the organization urged people living in southern Nevada to inform lawmakers and other officials about the insults by the Culinary Union, saying they continue to hurt jobs and tourism.
"They continue to give Las Vegas a black eye" said Dave McGowan, state director for the Alliance to Protect Nevada Jobs. "We have received hundreds of emails, phone calls, and messages from concerned citizens asking what they can do to put an end to this harassment over the last week and simply cannot allow the actions of these big labor bosses to wreak havoc on our already fragile economy."
The APNJ also cited an interview with the union's secretary-treasurer, Ed Geoconda Arguello-Kline, who said the slurs will not end and that there was no wrongdoing with the group's tactics.
Regarding the Oct. 5 video, Arguello-Kline previously said, "The recent civil disobediences, rallies, and pickets are exercises of workers' First Amendment rights and part of the struggle for the Las Vegas Dream."
The Culinary Union Local 226 have been in the midst of contract negotiations with the Cosmopolitan's owner, Deutsche Bank. The group said the negotiations have been ongoing for more than two years.
FOX5 has made contact with the city's tourism bureau, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. It only offered the following statement:
"This is between the Culinary Union and the property."
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