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Democratic presidential candidates tout labor credentials at Nevada AFL-CIO convention

The candidates promised to buttress the National Labor Relations Board, which is tasked with enforcing U.S. labor law, to ensure more accountability of employers not following the board’s rulings, as has been the case in a now yearslong battle between the Culinary Union and Station Casinos here. In the last few months, several Democratic presidential candidates have weighed in on the side of the Culinary Union, the politically powerful labor organization known for its organizing prowess, and called on the casino company to come to the bargaining table. (Workers at six Station Casino properties have now voted to unionize.)

Klobuchar, in her response, specifically cited the casino company.

“The third thing — which is the most important and you’ve seen here with Station Casinos — is putting in much stricter rules for what employers can’t do when you’re trying to organize,” Klobuchar said.

“I have stood with McDonald’s workers striking for minimum wage benefits — SEIU, AFSCME, the Culinary workers in Vegas — and I will say that for the policies that we are advocating around health care, around teacher pay, around equal pay, around trade, it has been through the conversations that I’ve had with the members here that we have strengthened our policy,” Harris said.

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