UPDATE: Culinary Union 226 says it will not endorse any presidential candidate

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Culinary 226 announced Thursday morning it will not endorse any presidential candidate ahead of the Nevada Caucus.

The Culinary Union, the largest union and immigrant organization in Nevada, and the strongest political force in the state hosted a press conference regarding a 2020 Democratic presidential endorsement and the plans the union will take to defeat Trump on Election Day.

“Our endorsement is not a presidential candidate right now; it’s our goals,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, the Secretary-Treasurer of the Culinary Union in a search results featured snippet from the web.

On Wednesday, Former United States Vice President Joe Biden tweeted in support of Culinary Union 226 saying:

“I stand with the working men and women of Culinary 226 because supporting labor means supporting our unions,” said Biden.

After announcing that they would not endorse any presidential candidates, and after taking questions from the media, the Culinary Union 226 ended the news conference by chanting “Unite here, 226!”

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday issued the following statement after Culinary Workers Union Local 226 announced it would not endorse in the 2020 Nevada Democratic caucus:

“I very much appreciate the struggle that the Culinary Union is waging to improve the lives of working families in Nevada and throughout this country, and I agree with their key goals.

“In the richest country in the history of the world, one job should be enough for every worker to raise a family, to retire with dignity, and to live the American Dream.

“We must provide guaranteed health care for all. As someone who has the strongest lifetime pro-labor record of anyone in Congress, I would never do anything to diminish the health care that unions and workers have fought for. Under Medicare for All, health care will be preserved and expanded for all, including unionized casino workers and service staff, uninsured food service workers, and striking workers fighting for their rights.

“We must also finally create a humane immigration system. We will pass comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship. I will sign an executive order on the first day as President to reinstate the DACA program for young people and their parents. And we will put an end to Trump’s horrific ICE raids.

“Let me also address an important issue that the Culinary union has raised regarding online harassment. Harassment of all forms is unacceptable to me, and we urge supporters of all campaigns not to engage in bullying or ugly personal attacks. Our campaign is building a multi-generational, multi-racial movement of love, compassion, and justice. We can certainly disagree on issues, but we must do it in a respectful manner.

“I am running for president to create an economy that works for all of us, not just the one percent. And as president, I look forward to working side-by-side with the Culinary Union and their members to do just that.”

In an interview, Sanders told PBS NewsHour:

“Let me be very clear: Anybody making personal attacks against anybody else in my name is not part of our movement. We don’t want them.”

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