"We will guarantee that coverage is as comprehensive or more so than the health care benefits union workers now receive, and union health clinics, including the Culinary's health clinic, will remain open to serve their members", said Sarah Michelsen, Sanders' Nevada state director. It singles out Sanders as the candidate who will end the union's health care among the top six Democratic candidates, pointing to his "Medicare for All" plan. In the statement, Argüello-Kline said the union believes everyone has the right to health care but stressed that its current model is "what working people need".
"Search Culinary Union on Twitter", she said.
That second flyer, which asks members to rank their first, second and third choices among the candidates, draws two additional distinctions.
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Argello-Kline said Thursday that members "want to protect their health care". The organization says it represents 60,000 hotel and casino workers in Nevada and provides health insurance coverage for more than 130,000 people. The leaflet did not explicitly name any candidates.
A spokesperson for the Nevada Sanders campaign said they had no comment. "Medicare for All will be no different; the program is crafted with the working class and particularly union members in mind". The next contests in the state-by-state battle to pick a candidate to face Republican President Donald Trump in November's election are in Nevada on February 22 and SC on February 29.
The status of a potential Culinary endorsement is still up in the air, though its national affiliate, Unite Here, has declined to make an endorsement.
Khan said the union is "still deciding on whether to endorse ahead of the caucus".More news: Ubisoft Reveals A VR Escape Room From Prince of Persia
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the one-time front-runner who finished a disappointing fourth in Iowa and fifth in New Hampshire, referred to the union's statement in a tweet and said, "supporting labour means supporting our unions".
The flier sponsored by the union, which is an influential force in Nevada politics, comes just a few days away from the Nevada caucuses.
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