STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline regarding the Nevada State AFL-CIO election for Secretary-Treasurer



Tuesday, August 24, 2021


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STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline regarding the Nevada State AFL-CIO election for Secretary-Treasurer:

The Culinary Union congratulates Susie Martinez who was elected today (Tuesday, August 24, 2021) as the next Secretary-Treasurer for the Nevada State AFL-CIO. Susie is a longtime rank-and-file Teamsters 986 union member and is the first woman and first Latina elected to lead the state federation. 

The Culinary Union has worked closely with Assemblywoman Susie Martinez through the years and we look forward to continue fighting alongside her as the new NV AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer to protect working families, champion issues important to workers, and ensure the labor movement is unified.


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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