Geoconda Argüello-Kline


Geoconda Argüello-Kline is the Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Workers Union, Local 226. She was born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua and came to the United States of America as a political refugee in 1979 and then moved to the Las Vegas Valley in 1983. 

While Geoconda Argüello-Kline worked as a guest room attendant at the Fitzgerald’s Hotel (now The D Hotel & Casino), a difficult contract fight resulted in 6 months of daily picketing outside the property in 1989. Her desire to obtain better working conditions and protect her family led her to become involved with the Culinary Union as a negotiating committee leader and a picket line captain.

In 1990, she joined the staff at the Culinary Union. Throughout her career at the Culinary Union she has held many positions: She was a Lead Organizer in the Frontier Strike; a Director in the Rio Campaign; Organizing Coordinator of the Housekeeping Study Campaign; and Staff Trainer of Organizers and Lead Organizers.

Culinary Union membership has increased from 18,000 members in 1987 to 60,000 members in 2021. Under the leadership of Geoconda Argüello-Kline, there is no other organization in Nevada that has done more to support working families during the unprecedented COVID crisis than the Culinary Union.

“In eight decades, Nevada’s working families have seen many changes: From presidents and politicians, to casino buildings and corporations - our community is always changing, but what hasn’t changed is the the real power that workers have built over the past 85 years,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union. “Working families are resilient because of the strength and sacrifices made by generations of Culinary Union members. Over our history, hundreds of thousands of workers have demanded to not be left behind and that we must be given seats at the table. The Culinary Union is proud of our 86 year history and we are committed to doing the work everyday to protect our families.”

Geoconda holds the following positions: Vice President of the UNITE- HERE International Union, Trustee of the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, Trustee of the Culinary Pension Fund, Trustee of the Health and Welfare Fund, Trustee of the St. Louis Square, Trustee of the UNITE HERE Health, and Chair Women of the Board of the IWCP (Citizenship Project).

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