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October 5th: Day of Dignity and Respect

Mark your calendars: Sat, Oct. 5th at 3pm at the Culinary. RSVP here:
Saturday October 5th is a national day of action in the immigration reform community. Across the country people are coming together in solidarity for a very important goal: a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people in the United States that keeps families together. 

Our movement will not rest until there is a clear plan to solve this issue for our country. The status quo is unacceptable and we won’t stop until an inclusive path to citizenship is achievable for all the 11 million undocumented. 

Join us at the Culinary Local 226 Union Hall in Downtown Las Vegas (1630 S. Commerce Street) for immigration reform and community organizing training, and a screening of a video coalition partners produced to highlight the contributions immigrant families are making to Southern Nevada. We will also go out to the Las Vegas community to do some community outreach for immigration reform!


El sábado, 5 de octubre es un día nacional de acción para la comunidad involucrada en la Reforma Migratoria. Por todo el país, las personas se están agrupando en solidaridad por una meta muy importante: una vía hacia la ciudadanía para los 11 millones de indocumentados en los EEUU, que mantenga a las familias unidas.

Nuestro movimiento no cesara hasta que exista un plan claro para resolver este problema en nuestro país. La situación actual no es aceptable y no nos detendremos hasta conseguir que esté al alcance de los 11 millones de indocumentados un camino hacia la ciudadanía que incluya a nuestras familias.

Acompañemos en las Oficinas de la Unión Culinaria 226 en Las Vegas (1630 S. Commerce Street) para un entrenamiento sobre la reforma migratoria y la organización comunitaria, y también la proyección de un vídeo que nuestra coalición hizo para destacar lo que las familias inmigrantes contribuyen al sur de Nevada. ¡También saldremos a la comunidad de Las Vegas para informar a nuestros vecinos sobre la reforma migratoria!

Sa Sabado, ika-5 ng Oktubre ay pambansang araw ng aksiyon sa komunidad ng reporma sa imigrasyon. Ang mga tao sa buong bansa ay magsasama-sama sa pagkakaisa para sa isang napaka-mahalagang layunin: isang daan patungo sa sitisensip para sa 11 milyo’ng hindi dokumentado’ng mga tao sa Estados Unidos na pinananatili’ng sama-sama ang mga pamilya.

Ang ating kilusan ay hindi titigil hanggang sa magkaroon ng isang malinaw na plano upang malutas ang isyu na ito para sa ating bansa. Ang kawalan ng istado ay hindi natin tatanggapin at hindi tayo titigil hanggang ang isang napapabilang na daan patungo sa sitisenip ay maaaring matamo para sa lahat ng mga 11 milyo’ng wala’ng dokumento.

Samahan kami sa Bulwagan ng Unyon ng Culinary Lokal 226 sa gitna ng lungsod ng Las Vegas (1630 S. Commerce Street) para sa reporma sa imigrasyon at komunidad sa pag-aayos, pagsasanay, at isang pag-papalabas ng isang bidyo na ginawa ng mga kasama sa koalisyon upang itampok ang mga kontribusyon at mga nagawa ng pamilya ng mga imigrante sa Southern Nevada. Lalabas din tayo sa komunidad ng Las Vegas upang gumawa ng pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga komunidad para sa reporma sa imigrasyon!

UNITE HERE, a union representing over 250,000 hospitality and manufacturing workers across North America, is committed to full equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) people.

Our union was the first to ratify a comprehensive statement in support of civil and economic rights for LGBT people, and we contributed significant funds and organizing resources to defeating Proposition 8 in California.

In both the United States and Canada, members of our union have worked to build a powerful coalition between the LGBT and labor communities in our quest for fair and equal treatment of all individuals.

Civil Rights, LGBT

Potluck on Monday!

The Culinary will be hosting a Collaboration in Communities meeting and potluck on Monday, May 13th from 6-8pm at the Culinary Union.

Members from different communities including the Asian Pacific Islander, Hispanic / Latino, African American, and Caucasian leaders come to work together on issues impacting our respective communities. This is a group that meets regardless of political affiliation to discuss topics that are important to us. We wish to continue working together to make our community stronger.

It is a potluck so please bring an entree, side dish, dessert, or beverage. Feel free to invite others who wish to learn more about Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Monday's topic) or just join our group. 

 Collaboration in Communities Meeting and Potluck

Monday, May 13, 2013

At the Culinary Union (1630 S. Commerce St. Las Vegas) from 6-8pm

March for Citizenship

March for Citizenship

Our coalition of labor, community organizations, and faith leaders has joined forces in supporting three main principles:

1) A Pathway to Citizenship for aspiring American citizens.
2) Keeping our families together.
3) Defending workplace rights and improving standards for all workers. 

Nevadans support immigration reform, and the Time is NOW for congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Join us!

If you would like to march with the Culinary Union wear a red shirt!




Nevada State AFL-CIO,

Culinary Union 226,

Laborer's Union 872, LiUNA

Painter's Union District 15, IUPAT

United Steelworkers of Nevada, USW

Service Employees International Union Local 1107, SEIU

Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Union 162,

Mi Familia Vota, MFV

Nevada Alliance of Retired Americans, NARA

Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, PLAN

DREAM Big Vegas, DBV

National Council of La Raza, NCLR

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, APALA

Hermandad Mexicana Las Vegas

Immigration Reform for Nevada, IRN

National Federation of Filipino American Associations, NAFFAA,

Yo Soy 132,

Consejo Latino,

El Concilio Hispano,


Hispanics in Politics;

Organizacion de Nayaritas en Las Vegas,

Federacion de Mexico D.F.,

Asociacion de los Mujeres Michoacanas,

Inmigrantes Trabajando Saldremos Adelante, ITSA

Club Juchitan de Guerrero,

Internacional Human Rights,

Unidos por la reforma

Si Se Puede,

Madres por la Justicia, 

*Note: This is not a Culinary Union press release.*


For Immediate Release

April 23, 2013

Christina Walsh:  512.407.9020

Albany, N.Y. –  Today, leaders of New York women’s groups, state legislators and advocates for sexual and domestic assault survivors will call on the New York State Assembly to uphold the ban against professional human cage fighting events and to vote against Assembly Bill 6506, which would legalize these events.

Fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and others associated with cage fighting, also known as “mixed-martial arts,” have joked about rape in public and made sexually explicit remarks that are demeaning towards women.

“New York Deserves better,” said Connie Neal, Executive Director of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “Our elected leaders should not condone the negative attitudes and beliefs about violence against women that are glorified in professional human cage fighting. We strongly urge the Assembly to vote `No’ on Assembly Bill 6506 and uphold the ban.”

“Cage fighting has no place in a civilized society,” said Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee. “Except for those who stand to profit from this barbaric entertainment masquerading as sport, cage fighting causes great harm. It harms the fighters who risk their very lives and are sometimes killed. It harms women who are victimized by the glorification of distorted masculinity that cage fighting represents. It harms impressionable children as well as young people who are taught to believe that human brutality is a spectator sport.”

State and national organizations that support the existing ban against human cage fighting include the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA), the National Organization for Women (NOW)-New York State, End Violence Against Women International, and the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS), among others. (You can read their March 15th letter to State Assembly members here:

“Mixed Martial Arts is a great marketing ploy,” said Assemblywoman Deborah J. Glick. “It is really ultimate fighting, which runs counter to all our efforts to reduce the impulse among people -- especially young people -- to resort to violent interaction.  Society needs to send better messages to young people encouraging non-violent games of sport.”

Last year, UFC fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson appeared in an online video in which he pretends to attempt to rape a woman in a parking garage using chloroform and zip ties. Another UFC cage fighter Forrest Griffin wrote the following message on his Twitter account: "Man that bitch is so tough she uses a wooden dildo because she likes the splinters!"

Earlier this month, Joe Rogan, who does commentary for UFC televised events, posted the following messages on Twitter: “I view women that don’t like children the same way I view dogs that like to eat their own shit,” and “To the white knights coming to the defense of women who hate kids—they’re still not going to fuck you weak bitches.”

Despite public criticism for tolerating such offensive language, the UFC recently released a “Fighter Conduct Policy” that does not expressly prohibit obscene language and is more tolerant of misconduct than similar codes used by other professional sports organizations. The UFC policy gives the UFC discretion in deciding whether to impose discipline and what discipline to impose. The policy does not apply to people associated with the UFC who are not fighters.

“The UFC Fighter Conduct Policy does not come close to ensuring that the offensive language and jokes will change,” said Deborah Tucker, Executive Director of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence. 


Who:  Women’s Groups, Legislators and Advocates for Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Assault

What: Press Conference calling on State Assembly Members to vote “NO” on Assembly Bill 6506

When:  Tuesday, April 23, 1 p.m. EST

Where: LCA Press Room, Room 130, Legislative Office Building


Civil Rights, Women
Meet Michelle, cocktail server at the Cosmopolitan

My babies are the main reason that I am involved with the union. When I came to the Cosmo two years ago I was given hope that with our union recognition would come a timely contract and the Culinary union health insurance… the best health insurance. My oldest son was born prematurely and with a blood disorder and my newest addition was born with a congenital defect. 

We are all here for the same basic reasons and we are all making similar personal and economic sacrifices for this contract. 

I will sacrifice anything today to provide for my family tomorrow.

- Michelle Lisher

Cesar Chavez envisioned a world where all workers could have dignity in the workplace

It is a tremendous honor to accept the Champions of Change Award because the life and work of Cesar Chavez inspires me every day. Chavez's legacy continues on in the hundreds of thousands of workers who come together to demand justice. I am proud to call these men and women my union sisters and brothers.

When staying at a hotel, most people don't think about the housekeeper who made their bed, the kitchen worker who cleaned their plate, or the cook who prepared their meal. UNITE HERE has worked for decades to ensure these “invisible workers” and their basic needs – good healthcare, decent wages and job security -are not overlooked. The union has provided thousands of people the opportunity to provide better lives for themselves and their families. In Las Vegas, the Culinary Workers Local 226 has helped build the city's middle class. The union has focused on empowering its members to win their contracts and ultimately their future.

However, the work of the labor movement goes beyond the workplace. My work is centered on ensuring workers have a strong voice in their communities. I was lucky to land in Las Vegas as a neighborhood organizer during the 2010 elections. For most of five months, I spent every day knocking on doors and talking to voters in predominantly Latino neighborhoods. This gave me a clear understanding of local issues facing Las Vegans, including a weak education system and lackluster housing market. In my time at the union, I have been able to work with members and tackle these challenges head on.

During the 2011 Legislative session, Local 226 founded an organization called Nevada Students Unite Here. I directed a campaign to support education funding and prevent budget cuts. Our campaign led to over 8,000 contacts with students, parents, and union members who were deeply concerned with the issues. Ultimately, by working with community and political allies, we were able to guarantee that devastating cuts were not made to the education budget. It was tremendously empowering to represent our members and their families on such an important issue. As the Legislature convenes again this year, I am working on helping to pass legislation that protects underwater homeowners. I’m also focused on bills that will improve the quality of care in Nevada’s healthcare system.

The most important work I’m doing involves union members and immigration reform. As the daughter of immigrants, it is tremendously important for me that comprehensive reform be made a reality. It is easy to understand why UNITE HERE has been at the forefront of the immigration debate. My union represents workers from more than 100 countries. In Vegas alone there are workers from 84 nations. These members came in search of a better future; one with good jobs and opportunities for their families. Ten years ago, my union organized the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride as part of a national campaign for comprehensive reform. We have stood by the DREAMers, hosted DACA application fairs, and will do whatever it takes to support the Administration’s push for reform. I have the privilege of speaking to workers about the issue and mobilizing them into action.

Cesar Chavez envisioned a world where all workers, regardless of their job or nationality could have dignity in the workplace. By training union members to be leaders at work and in their communities, I believe UNITE HERE is making Chavez’s vision a reality.

- Yvanna Cancela, Political Director 

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