Culinary Union achieves major milestone, with the largest political program in Nevada, by knocking on over 1 million doors



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Culinary Union achieves major milestone, with the largest political program in Nevada, by knocking on over 1 million doors

450 canvassers knocked on more than half of the Black and Latinx voters and more than a third of AAPI voters statewide 

Las Vegas, NV -  UNITE HERE’s Culinary Union has surpassed previous and historic numbers by running the largest and strongest political program in Nevada. Statewide, 450 Culinary Union canvassers knocked on over 1 million doors and had over 175,000 conversations with voters.  

The political team knocked on the doors of more than half of Black and Latinx voters and more than a third of the AAPI voters in Reno and Las Vegas. The average Culinary Union canvasser knocked on 60+ doors during their shift, with the entire team knocked on 20,000+ doors in Las Vegas and Reno everyday, 6-7 days a week since March 2022. 

Culinary Union ran a digital video ad: “Governor Sisolak has our backs” on YoutubeFacebookInstagramTikTok and Twitter which has over 5 million views statewide across multiple platforms.

“We were proud to get out the vote for political leaders who continue to fight to protect working families by knocking on over 1 million doors statewide,” said Ted Pappageorge, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union. “We have the most pro-worker representatives we have ever had in our lifetimes. Governor Sisolak, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Congressional Representatives Dina Titus, Steven Horsford, and Susie Lee, Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom, and candidate for North Las Vegas Mayor, Pat Spearman fought for workers during the pandemic and we ran the largest effort in Nevada to get out the vote during the Midterms by knocking on the doors of half of the Black and Latinx voters and more than a third of Asian voters statewide. The biggest corporations have been using the pandemic to price gouge working families, but we have been fighting back. MAGA Republicans are not going to take on massive Wall Street landlords who are stealing our homes, evicting working families, and ruining our neighborhoods. Workers do not believe that Republicans, who are getting rich off of record oil profits and prescription drugs, are going to take on Big Oil or Big Pharma. As the votes continue to be counted, we will continue to take on Wall Street landlords, Big Oil, Big Pharma, and greedy corporations to win for working families.” 

The Culinary Union, the largest affiliate of UNITE HERE, the strongest political force in the state, mobilized hundreds of thousands of Nevadans and immigrant voters (42,976 citizens were naturalized in Nevada from 2016-2020) during the 2022 Midterms to elect political leaders who will continue to fight for Nevadans. 

Political canvassers reflect the Culinary Union’s diverse membership, which is majority women and people of color, and who are committed to organizing and winning economic and racial justice. The Culinary Union continues to drive turnout in Nevada because the union has worked for nearly nine decades to build worker power and strength. Each political effort draws from the Culinary Union’s 87 years of rich knowledge of effective and precise voter contact, which is rooted in the principle of working people talking to each other about the importance of building collective power through voting. 

Culinary Union called on elected representatives to stand with working people and for the right to dignified affordable housing, and against corporate landlords that are getting rich off of evictions. As the largest organization of workers in Nevada, Culinary Union signed up tens of thousands of voters to support the passage of Neighborhood Stability at the county level. 


*Prohibits rent increases for the first year of tenancy.

*Guarantees that rent increases are tied to CPI with a 5% yearly cap.

*Requires landlords to give 90-day notice on future rent increases.

*Includes commonsense exemptions for units built in the last 15 years and for mom/pop landlords who only own 1 unit or live in a multi-unit building.

The Culinary Union has consistently run the largest and strongest political program in Nevada and is running an even larger program in the 2022 political cycle. Each cycle, the Culinary Union has surpassed previous political efforts:

*2016: 300 canvassers knocked on 250,000 doors. 

*2018: 350 canvassers knocked on 370,000 doors.

*2020: Culinary Union delivered Nevada for Biden/Harris and drove unprecedented turnout with the largest political team statewide. 500 canvassers knocked on 650,000 doors, including half of the Black and Latinx voters in Nevada.

*2022: 450 canvassers knocked on over 1 million doors statewide, including more than half of the Black and Latinx voters and more than a third of AAPI voters. 

We Vote. We Win. For our families! 


Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, represent 60,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, including at most of the casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. UNITE HERE represents 300,000 workers in gaming, hotel, and food service industries in North America. 

The Culinary Union, through the Culinary Health Fund, is one of the largest healthcare consumers in the state. The Culinary Health Fund is sponsored by the Culinary Union and Las Vegas-area employers. It provides health insurance coverage for over 145,000 Nevadans, the Culinary Union’s members and their dependents.  

The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest Latinx/Black/AAPI/immigrant organization with members who come from 178 countries and speak over 40 different languages. We are proud to have helped over 18,000 immigrants become American citizens and new voters since 2001 through our affiliate, The Citizenship Project.  

The Culinary Union has a diverse membership which is 55% women and 45% immigrants. The demographics of Culinary Union members are approximately: 54% Latinx, 18% white, 15% Asian, 12% Black, and less than 1% Indigenous Peoples. 

Culinary Union members work as: Guest room attendants, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, bartenders, laundry and kitchen workers. The Culinary Union has been fighting and winning for working families in Nevada for 87 years. / @Culinary226 


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