(NN&V Staff) – The Alliance to Protect Nevada Jobs (APNJ) announced Thursday that they were launching an online petition to call on legislators to denounce union guerilla tactics, stand up for taxpayers, and take action to protect Nevada’s economy.
Last week the APNJ released two videos in which union leaders can be heard shouting derogatory terms at tourists attempting to patronize Nevada casinos and boost the local economy. Despite this video evidence union leadership only increased its veracity over the weekend. After receiving hundreds of inquiries or outrage, disgust, and frustration over the lack of action, APNJ has released new footage today and announced an online petition campaign calling upon citizens of Nevada to contact their local officials and legislators and urge them to denounce these tactics immediately and stand with the APNJ in supporting Las Vegas tourism and jobs.
“Despite near universal coverage last week showing the Culinary Union bosses guerilla tactics, 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. Union bosses have gone too far and rather than working to protect Nevada jobs, they are only serving to hurt the workers they claim to represent and the APNJ will work to put a stop to this objectionable behavior.”
In a recent interview, Ed Geoconda Arguello-Kline, the Culinary’ s secretary-treasurer refused to end the slurs, saying that there was nothing wrong with their tactics. Union bosses have even invited legislators to attend such protests despite the slurs being used to describe tourists.
As part of their mission to support the local economy and create jobs, the APNJ will continue to urge legislators and local officials to publicly denounce these guerilla tactics. In addition, the APNJ openly invites officials to join them in welcoming tourists every weekend during these protests in an effort to support the over 300,000 local jobs tourism provides.
“The irony of Big Labor’s approach is that it results in less tourism, fewer jobs, less tips and a weak local economy, said Ron Futrell, an APNJ Spokesman. “Union bosses are hurting the very Nevada workers that are working to achieve the Las Vegas Dream they claim to protect. We need to hold the unions accountable for this childish behavior and it’s time for the citizens of Las Vegas to stand up and take action and for our legislators to get involved. Not denouncing these tactics further amounts to condoning them.”