STATEMENT regarding the Senate District 4 appointment of Marcia Washington



Friday, March 15, 2019


Bethany Khan: ▪ (702) 387-7088

The Culinary Union supports Marcia Washington for the open seat in Senate District 4. 

Marcia Washington has served our community for decades as an employee of the Clark County School District and as a member of the Nevada State Board of Education. 

Marcia Washington has said that she is only interested in serving until the end of this term to make sure the citizens of Senate District 4 have representation for the remainder of this legislative session and she has also indicated that she will not run in 2020. Voters will be able to decide in 2020 who their next representative is in the most fair and transparent way possible.

The Culinary Union believes that Marcia Washington is the right person to fill this seat because her experience will allow her to hit the ground running in the legislature and be a strong advocate for working families. 

- Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union.




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. / @Culinary226 

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