STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline regarding increasing protections for home care workers (SB340):



Thursday, May 27th, 2021 


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STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline regarding increasing protections for home care workers (SB340):

The Culinary Union supports Senate Bill 340 because we strongly believe that all workers should be treated with dignity and respect, and are proud to support home care workers who are organizing to have a  voice on-the-job. Many home care workers are women of color who earn low wages and have no health care themselves, while they are providing essential health care for our loved ones, seniors and individuals with disabilities, that needs to change.

Home care workers were always essential and the heroic risks these workers have faced to take care of Nevada’s most vulnerable citizens over the past year has cemented this fact. 

The need for high-quality home care services in Nevada is skyrocketing, but too many of our 13,000 home care workers are underpaid and exploited. To ensure that all Nevadans can age and retire with dignity, the State must have a well-compensated home care workforce with safe working conditions. 

The Culinary Union Union stands in solidarity with SEIU 1107 and urges the Nevada Legislature to support and pass SB340. 


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 for working families in Nevada for 86 years. / @Culinary226 


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