STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline regarding the Nevada Health Care Shopping Act (SB329):



Tuesday, March 30, 2021 


Bethany Khan: ▪ (702) 387-7088 

STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline regarding the Nevada Health Care Shopping Act (SB329):

The Culinary Union supports Senate Bill 329 because health care affordability, quality, and access are critical concerns for Culinary Union members.

Consolidation in the health care industry drives up the prices, but not the quality of our health care. SB329 will take important steps to understand how consolidation impacts our healthcare markets. In addition, SB329 will stop anti-competitive contracting practices that prevent patients, employers, and plans from shopping for and getting the best deal.

The Culinary Union urges the Nevada Legislature to support and pass SB329.


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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