STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline regarding strengthening consumer protections for homeowners and renters (SB186):



Thursday, April 8, 2021


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STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline regarding strengthening consumer protections for homeowners and renters (SB186):

Nevada is in a housing crisis that has only been exacerbated by a global pandemic. That’s why the Culinary Union is a member of the Nevada Housing Justice Alliance which is tackling eviction reform, industry regulation, and discrimination prevention for renters and homeowners in the Nevada Legislature this session. 

Every Nevadan deserves an affordable and stable home, especially because home is the safest place from the COVID-19 pandemic. Working families need stronger protections, unfortunately, there are still too many Nevadans who are facing housing insecurity or who have lost their home during this pandemic. 

The Culinary Union supports SB186 in order to understand the impact of collection agencies, particularly on Black, Indigenous, and communities of color. Nevada must protect consumers by prohibiting certain relationships between collections agencies and their clients. Homeowners and renters deserve to have stronger consumer protections, and reforming any predatory behavior by collection agencies is the right thing to do.

The Culinary Union applauds Senator Pat Spearman for bringing this bill forward and urges the Nevada Legislature to support and pass SB186.


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 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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