Statement about Payday lending (AB163 & AB222)


Wednesday, March 15, 2017 

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Statement by Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union regarding AB163 & AB222:

The Culinary Union represents 57,000 working men and women in Nevada and we are opposed to predatory lending practices. Payday lenders make billions of dollars in fees by trapping hardworking Americans in a cycle of debt - that is unacceptable. We applaud and support any efforts to regulate this exploitative industry that primarily target communities of color.

-        Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union 


Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, represent over 57,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, including at most of casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. UNITE HERE represents 270,000 workers in gaming, hotel, and food service industries in North America.

The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest immigrant organization with over 57,000 members - a diverse membership that is approximately 55% women and 56% Latino. Members -who work as guest room attendants, bartenders, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, and kitchen workers- come from 167 countries and speak over 40 different languages. The Culinary Union has been fighting for fair wages, job security, and good health benefits for working men and women in Nevada for over 82 years.

The Culinary Union encourages the public to stay away from Nevada hotels and casinos involved in active labor disputes such as most of the Station Casinos properties, including Palms, Red Rock Resort, and Green Valley Ranch. (We note that the company’s Boulder Station does not currently have a labor dispute.) To see the list of hotels and casinos in an active labor dispute, go to: / @Culinary226



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