STATEMENT by Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge regarding the humanitarian crisis in Gaza



Friday, March 8, 2024 


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STATEMENT by Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge regarding the humanitarian crisis in Gaza: 

As the largest organization of workers in Nevada, the Culinary Union has an 89-year history of standing up for those facing oppression and injustice.

We are actively engaging with Culinary Union members and our international union, UNITE HERE, in a conversation about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and its root causes. Following the UNITE HERE statement released yesterday, we reaffirm our commitment to a process of deep engagement to build solidarity and unity, and we call for immediate action towards a just and lasting solution to ensure the freeing of hostages and freedom for Palestinians.

Today, the Culinary Union is calling for ceasefire in Palestine, democracy in the region, and will continue the dialogue with workers and their 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 60% 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 89 years. / @Culinary226 


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