Despite his dedication to higher wages and increasing union membership, one of the largest organized labor groups in Nevada has repeatedly warned its members against supporting Bernie Sanders in the upcoming Nevada caucuses.
The announcement came Thursday afternoon at a press conference hosted by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226, a group representing 60,000 workers in Las Vegas from restaurants, hotels, and other businesses. Hours before, the CWU told the press it planned on announcing its endorsement but refrained from backing any candidate at the last minute.
“We’re going to endorse our goals. That’s what we’re doing,” Geoconda Arguello-Kline, the 226’s secretary-treasurer. “We’re not going to endorse a political candidate. We respect every single political candidate right now. They’re great people.”
In the days leading up to the endorsement, the CWU has subtly jabbed at the Vermont senator over his support for “Medicare for All,” saying his healthcare plan would result in its members losing their hard-earned benefits.