STATEMENT by Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge regarding Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s re-election:



Saturday, November 12, 2022


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STATEMENT by Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge regarding Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s re-election:

The Culinary Union congratulates Senator Catherine Cortez Masto on her re-election to the United States Senate. Senator Cortez Masto is a champion for working families and Culinary Union is proud to have run the largest political program in Nevada to defend and deliver Democratic control of the U.S. Senate.

UNITE HERE’s Culinary Union achieved a major milestone by running the largest and strongest political program in Nevada. Statewide, 450 Culinary Union canvassers knocked on over 1 million doors and had over 175,000 conversations with voters. The political team knocked on the doors of more than half of Black and Latinx voters and more than a third of the AAPI voters in Reno and Las Vegas.

Culinary Union was proud to get out the vote for Senator Cortez Masto and pro-worker political leaders who have been elected and re-elected this Midterm. Culinary Union continues to the largest cure effort statewide to ensure Nevadans votes are counted.


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 and winning for working families in Nevada for 87 years. / @Culinary226 


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