My name is Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union and I have an important message for you.

Hola, soy Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Secretaria-Tesorera de la Unión Culinaria y tengo un mensaje importante para usted.

(Election 2016 Early Vote Robocall)

A day in the life of: Carmela

Carmela Perez’s day starts out with a quick check-in with the political team, thoughts are shared on the upcoming local and national elections.  Carmela listens to the political updates as she enjoys her bagel and coffee. 

Lots of energy will be needed for the day ahead, but Carmela is no stranger to canvassing.  She worked with the Culinary Union on the Ruben Kihuen primary campaign for Congressional District 4 this past spring.  Carmela works as a dishwasher at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino where she is also a shop steward.

Carmela is on a leave–of-absence (LOA) with the political team at the Culinary Union. This will be her 3rd LOA this year, which she says, “I’m very excited to be doing this for my union brothers and sisters,” as she goes over her walk turf for the day.

She knows how important these upcoming elections will be for her and her family.  Once she is done reviewing her turf she prepares her team – her husband Lucio, who is volunteering today and Carlos Cruz, a Culinary Union staff member.  She fills up a cooler full of bottled water and grabs ice then the team heads out onto the Las Vegas streets to canvass for local and national political candidates that have been endorsed by the Culinary Union. 

At each neighborhood stop, Carmela reads the map, plots out the turf, and then decides on a game plan for which doors to hit first.  She walks down the cement sidewalks --which radiates in today’s 100+ heat-- talking to union workers at their home about who will they be supporting on Election Day.

She goes door-to-door of union members, Democrats, and Republicans, to talk about why it’s so important to support political candidates who will fight for working families on November 8, 2016.  Carmela reminds voters: Because Nevada is a swing state in the presidential election, their votes will be very important.

At each door, Carmela greets the voter with a smile and, “Good morning, sweetie.” She explains to union brother and sisters why it’s so important to vote in this election, hands them a few pieces of political literature, then she is on her way to next home down the street.

The day started with a light cool breeze, but as she heads back to the Culinary Union for the daily check-in, the sun is blazing hot and her cooler of ice is completely melted.

This will be one of many canvassing projects of this election season, but with just days to go, every hour makes a difference.

ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Culinary Union's 2016 Endorsements

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The election is just around the corner. November 8, 2016 is Election Day with early voting available from October 22 -November 4. Here are the Culinary Union's recommendations for the general election.

We select endorsements with the well-being of Union members and the future of the labor movement in mind.

This is an incredibly important election year for Nevada. Our state could determine which candidate wins the White House and which party controls Congress, not to mention which party controls the majority in the Legislature. There is a lot at stake for workers.

Donald Trump and his Republican team want to make it almost impossible for us to have the high-quality affordable healthcare we've fought for. They want to change the rules to make it harder for us to have good union contracts. We can't let them win. We have to vote!

In selecting our endorsed candidates, we looked for politicians who will fight with us to protect our union. Across the board, the people on this guide meet that standard.

Nevada's general elections are "open" so you can vote for any candidate, regardless of your party registration (Democratic/ Republican/ Non-Partisan).

Now is our time to let politicians know we are engaged and active.

If you have questions about our recommended candidates or the election process, please feel free to call the Culinary Union's Political Office: (702) 386-5279.

In solidarity,

Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer

Ted Pappageorge, President

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