UPDATE: Klobuchar tweets support for Culinary Union; Sanders, Warren respond to flyer about healthcare


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Following the Culinary Workers Union’s flyer that said the Democratic presidential candidates would “end culinary healthcare, ” Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign responded Wednesday saying:

“Bernie has stood with workers his entire career, fighting on picket lines against pension cuts and corporate greed. Medicare for All will be no different; the program is crafted with the working class and particularly union members in mind,” said Sarah Michelsen, Bernie 2020 Nevada State Director. “Bernie has been clear that under Medicare for All, we will guarantee that coverage is as comprehensive or more so than the health care benefits union workers currently receive, and union health clinics, including the Culinary’s health clinic, will remain open to serve their members. With health care as a human right, unions will have more leverage to negotiate better wages and benefits.” 

— Sarah Michelsen, Bernie 2020 Nevada State Director

Following Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, Culinary Workers Union Local 226 put a flyer out to its members, laying out where each candidate stands on issues important to the union.

It says Sanders would “end culinary healthcare.” It also says he would require “Medicare for All” and lower drug prices. Sanders is the winner of the first primary in the presidential race.

The flyer also references Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “Medicare for All” healthcare program stating it would replace Culinary Healthcare after a 3-year transition or at the end of a collective bargaining agreement, as well as, lower drug prices. Warren responded to the Culinary Union flyer in a Twitter post on Wednesday saying:

“No one should attack Culinary 226 and its members for fighting hard for themselves and their families. Like them, I want to see every American get high-quality and affordable health care – and I’m committed to working with them to achieve that goal.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Sen. Amy Klobuchar tweeted her support for the union, saying:

I stand with Culinary 226, and let’s be clear: attacks on the union are unacceptable. I come from a family of proud union members, and I know when unions are strong, America is strong.

Senator Amy Klobuchar

The flyer also states all candidates would strengthen the union’s collective bargaining and right to strike.

The culinary union has yet to announce its support for a current candidate in the running.

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