"I will not cross the union's picket line even if it means missing the debate", Warren said in a statement on Friday morning. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and entrepreneurs Andrew Yang and Tom Steyer all said Friday they would refuse to take the stage.
The debate was originally set to take place at UCLA but was moved to Loyola Marymount (LMU), which is also located in Los Angeles, after unions boycotted the event due to another labor dispute. According to the union, the workers are employed by the subcontractor Sodexo, which has been in negotiations with Local 11 since March.
"We had hoped that workers would have a contract with wages and affordable health insurance before the debate next week", said union co-president Susan Minato.
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A spokesperson for Sodexo said in a statement that the company is "100% committed to reaching an agreement, and any statement that we have left the bargaining table is not accurate".
Warren's tweet was followed soon after by fellow progressive Sanders, who tweeted, "I stand with the workers" who are fighting a an LMU contractor, Sodexo, "for a better contract".
If the matter is not resolved before the debate on December 19, Warren and Sanders, along with tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, have said they will not participate.
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Sanders tweeted, "I will not be crossing their picket line", while Biden tweeted: "We've got to stand together with @UNITEHERE11 for affordable health care and fair wages". I will not be crossing their picket line.
A DNC official who asked not to be identified said the party was looking into the dispute and a potential change of venue but had learned of the issue only after Unite Here's outreach to the campaigns.
"No candidate for the Democratic nomination should cross a picket line", he tweeted.
The Democratic National Committee announced that its next four debates will be held in January and February in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and SC, leaving room for two more planned debates between March and June.
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