Published: Sat, February 15, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Las Vegas Culinary Union announces endorsement

Las Vegas Culinary Union announces endorsement

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) distanced himself from what the Culinary Union claims are attacks from his supporters, condemning "ugly personal attacks" but telling PBS NewsHour on Thursday that those people are "not part of our movement".

Recently, a leaflet was circulated to Culinary members attacking single-payer health care.

The flier, obtained by CNN on Tuesday, outlines where the leading 2020 Democratic candidates stand on health care, immigration and "Good Jobs". We don't want them.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Amy Klobuchar and businessman Tom Steyer are expected to "Protect Culinary Healthcare", according to the flier.

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That second flyer, which asks members to rank their first, second and third choices among the candidates, draws two additional distinctions.

The Culinary Workers Union said supporters of Sanders, a front-runner in the Democratic White House race, "viciously" attacked the organization via Twitter, text, voicemail and direct messaging after the union criticized the senator's universal healthcare plan on Tuesday.

Argüello-Kline would not comment on the alleged attacks during her press conference, but it's been reported that Sanders' supporters have made threatening phone calls to the union and lashed out over social media.

While Sanders condemned the attacks, calling harassment "unacceptable to me", he is distancing himself from the supporters the Culinary Union addressed in its statement.

Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 are Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE and represent 60,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, including at most of the casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and in downtown Las Vegas.

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