Media advisory: AFSCME State Employees and Culinary Union Rally 5/14 for a Voice on the Job



Tuesday, May 14, 2019


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AFSCME State Employees and Culinary Union Rally for a Voice on the Job

Hundreds of AFSCME Local 4041 and Culinary Union members to rally in support of Senate Bill 135; a bill to extend collective bargaining to state employees

LAS VEGAS – On Tuesday, May 14, at 12:00pm hundreds of members of AFSCME Local 4041 and the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 will rally in support of Senate Bill 135; the bill granting collective bargaining rights to state employees.

State workers will highlight the benefits of collective bargaining for Nevada communities including improved safety at correctional facilities, better nurse-to-patient ratios at state hospitals and improved state services. AFSCME Local 4041 members are thousands of Nevada state employees who provide vital services to our communities every day.


AFSCME International President Lee Saunders

UNITE HERE International President D. Taylor

Culinary Union Geoconda Arguello-Kline

Nevada State Employees

Culinary Union Members

Speakers will be available for English and Spanish interviews following their remarks.

What: Rally for a Voice on the Job

When: Tuesday, May 14, 12:00pm  

Where: Grant Sawyer State Office Building (555 East Washington Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89101)



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 280,000 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 130,000 Nevadans, the Culinary Union’s members and their dependents.

The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest 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 -- approximately 55% women, 54% Latinx, 19% White, 15% Asian, 10% Black, and less than 1% Indigenous Peoples — and consists of guest room attendants, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, bartenders, laundry and kitchen workers. The Culinary Union has been fighting for fair wages, job security, and good health benefits for workers in Nevada for 84 years. 


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