2020-02-19 13:04:48

Nevada Culinary Workers Union Member: I Would Trade My Union Healthcare for Medicare for All

The third presidential contest of the primary season takes place Saturday in Nevada. One of the state’s most coveted endorsements is from the Culinary Workers Union, which represents some 60,000 workers in the restaurant and hospitality industries in Las Vegas and Reno.

Its membership is 54% Latinx. But last week they decided not to endorse any of the candidates. Nevada is a “right to work” state, and the Culinary Workers Union has attracted members by offering them healthcare. It has said it supports “choices” in healthcare.

The mobilization of service employees could be critical to winning the Nevada caucuses.

Democracy Now! speaks with In These Times labor reporter Hamilton Nolan and Marcie Wells, an activist, waitress, single parent, and a member of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 in Nevada for 16 years.

Her essay for CommonDreams is titled I Have 'Some of the Best' Health Insurance a Union Member Can Get, But I Would Trade It Today for Medicare for All.

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