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25 percent of the Nevada Democratic caucus-goers support Sanders is likely to, according to a new Las Vegas Review-Journal poll; chief correspondent Jonathan Hunt reports from Las Vegas.
The front-runner in a presidential primary battle is a two-edged sword, that is something that Bernie Sanders, the hard way, learns how he and the rest of the Democratic primary field to focus their efforts on Nevada, “first in the West” caucus next Saturday.
The Vermont senator, who is the former Vice-President, Joe jumped forward to take Biden, a lead in the polls for the democratic presidential nomination, had little time, his narrow victory on Tuesday over former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the New Hampshire primary before he prior to an onslaught of criticism from Nevada’s politically powerful labor unions over his proposed “Medicare-for-all” plans.
The criticism of the trade unions, the dominant forces in the state, the two large urban areas of Las Vegas and Reno, in addition to have doubts about Sanders’ ability, which has built up momentum of his campaign following the Iowa and New Hampshire, Nevada and beyond.
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While Nevada may not be thought of traditionally as a union state like Michigan, Illinois or New York, the trade unions – especially those that represent employees at the big casinos, hotels and restaurants in Las Vegas and Reno are strong political forces in the silver state. And given that the census data shows that almost three-quarters of the population of the state lives in Clark County, home of Las Vegas – it is not surprising that the candidates are to secure the union, in General, those bears at the end of the state.
That is why the Democratic candidates, the support of the “Medicare-for-all” – namely, Sanders, sen. Elizabeth Warren Vermont face a rocky road in front of you, if you hope to nab all the delegates in the Nevada caucus.
Sanders’ biggest challenge so far was the Culinary Union Local 226, which corresponds to about 60,000 maids, porters, bartenders and other workers in Las Vegas’ casinos.
The union, which announced on Thursday it would not endorse a candidate in the Democratic race, has been for the last month quietly advising its members against voting for candidates who support “Medicare for all.” The union began the distribution of leaflets in the employee dining room, the push-back against what they say is Sanders’ plan, the “end of the culinary health care,” argued that “presidential candidates propose to force millions of hard-working people, their health care is causing unnecessary division between workers and will take us another four years of trump.”
The union released last Wednesday, also made a statement that their members were attacked by “Brutal” of Sanders’ supporters, the threatening phone calls, allegedly, and social media-goal against union members in contrast to the candidate of the “Medicare-for-all” press.
“It is disappointing that Senator Sanders’ supporters have been attacked viciously, to take the Culinary Union and the working families in Nevada simply because our union has provided facts, you could make certain health care proposals, the system of care, we have built up over eight decades,” Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer of the Culinary Union Local 226, said in its statement.
While on the stump in Nevada this election cycle, Sanders has struggled to answer what his “Medicare for all” plan would mean for union members. At a stop in the state in December, Sanders Union health care was so fallen into the word screaming through a group of people in the audience, “!”, while another participant exclaimed, “How are you paying for?!”
The controversy with the union and was quickly pounced on the race from a number of Sanders’ rivals in the Democratic primary.
“I stand with [Culinary 226], and their fight for better wages, benefits, world-class health care, and the American dream for working people and families with a migration background,” Buttigieg tweeted. “No one should ever attack you for fighting and delivering for their members.”
Warren, who also supports a “Medicare for all”, mixed on Twitter as well, saying, “no one should attack, [the union] and its members.”
She added: “I want every American to receive quality and affordable health care—and I am determined to work with you to achieve this goal.”
To calm down In an effort to the situation, Sanders on Thursday tweeted his support for the Culinary Union’s contract battle at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas.
“I stand with [the union] fight for health care, pensions and fair wages,” Sanders tweeted.
The union is currently trying to negotiate a contract for the workers, the employees of the cafeteria and clean the hospital rooms, but argue that the hospital is the parent company, UHS, negotiate a Fair.
Sanders’ added: “The $780 million profit, [UHS] is one of the largest, most profitable hospital groups in the country. You need to set aside their greed to lay, come to the table and negotiate a fair contract.”
A light glance to Sanders ” campaign in the silver state, is that not all unions share the same feelings towards his “Medicare for all” proposal, that the Culinary Union is doing.
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The Service Employees International Union Local 1107, which represents, hospital and airport workers said, among other things, in the whole state, that it “supports all proposals that expand health care,” and Sanders called’ ideas and union-based health care “is a false choice.”
“The debate about whether the Americans need to ‘Medicare for all’ or the unions negotiated health benefits is a false choice,” grace Vergara is Mactal, the Executive Director of the SEIU 1107, said in a statement to Fox News. “While some people have a good health-care plans through their work, many.
She added: “access to high-quality health care should not be based on luck, it should be a right. SEIU members support all the proposals is the health of millions expand to more working people and their families, such as ‘Medicare for all’.