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December's Debate May Have to Be Cancelled

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December's Debate May Have to Be Cancelled

Post by Turkeytop » Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:03 pm

2020 Democrats say they won't participate in December debate if they have to cross picket line


Washington (CNN)All seven Democratic presidential candidates who met the qualifications to participate in next week's debate declared their support on Friday for a local labor union and said they would not participate in the debate if they have to cross the union's picket line.

UNITE HERE Local 11 sent a letter Friday to all the Democratic presidential campaigns informing them of a labor dispute involving their union on Loyola Marymount University's campus, the site for next week's debate. LMU subcontracts its food service operations to a company called Sodexo, and Local 11 has been in negotiations with Sodexo since March for a collective bargaining agreement, according to the letter. A resolution has not been reached and Sodexo last week canceled scheduled contract negotiations, according to the union.

After receiving the letter, the candidates -- Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Andrew Yang, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Tom Steyer and Amy Klobuchar -- all announced their support of the union.

A spokesperson for the DNC, Xochitl Hinojosa, said the DNC and LMU learned about the labor dispute on Friday.
"While LMU is not a party to the negotiations between Sodexo and Unite Here Local 11, (DNC chairman) Tom Perez would absolutely not cross a picket line and would never expect our candidates to either. We are working with all stakeholders to find an acceptable resolution that meets their needs and is consistent with our values and will enable us to proceed as scheduled with next week's debate," Hinojosa said in a statement.

A spokesperson for Sodexo said in a statement that the company is "100% committed to reaching an agreement, and any statement that we have left the bargaining table is not accurate."

"We have been negotiating in good faith with the Unite Here Local 11 since December of last year with a goal to reach a new collective bargaining agreement that is equitable for everyone, including our employees, and we still intend to achieve such an agreement," the statement reads.

The DNC pulled the December debate out of its previous location at the University of California, Los Angeles, due to a labor dispute between the university and a local union. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 3299 had asked Democratic presidential campaigns not to cross its boycott and refuse to appear at any University of California campuses.
Warren was the first candidate to say Friday she would not cross the union's picket line, even if it meant missing the debate, which is being co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico. The Massachusetts senator called on the Democratic National Committee to find a solution "that lives up to our party's commitment to fight for working people." She said in a tweet that Local 11 is "fighting for better wages and benefits -- and I stand with them."

Sanders then tweeted shortly after: "I stand with the workers of @UniteHere11 on campus at Loyola Marymount University fighting Sodexo for a better contract. I will not be crossing their picket line."

Warren and Sanders in particular have made their support of unions, striking workers and employees fighting for higher wages at major corporations a central theme of their presidential campaigns.

Businessman Andrew Yang was next, writing in a statement on Twitter: "We must live our values and there is nothing more core to the Democratic Party than the fight for working people." He said he supports Local 11 in their fight for proper compensation, and that he won't cross the picket line.

Former vice president Joe Biden then tweeted: "We've got to stand together with @UniteHere11 for affordable health care and fair wages. A job is about more than just a paycheck. It's about dignity." He said he would not be crossing a picket line.
Businessman Tom Steyer followed, saying if the dispute between Sodexo and Local 11 is not resolved before the debate, he would not cross their picket line. He tweeted that he stands with LMU workers in their fight for fair wages and benefits.
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said he stands in solidarity with the workers, and tweeted: "I take the debate stage to stand up for workers' rights, not to undermine them."

A spokesperson for Amy Klobuchar, Carlie Waibel, tweeted that Klobuchar would not be crossing the picket line.
A leader of UNITE HERE Local 11, Susan Minato, said in a statement posted to the group's Twitter account: "We had hoped that workers would have a contract with wages and affordable health insurance before the debate next week. Instead, workers will be picketing when the candidates come to campus."

Local 11 represents 150 cooks, dishwashers, cashiers and servers who work on LMU's campus, according to the group.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/13/politics ... index.html


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Re: December's Debate May Have to Be Cancelled

Post by audiophile » Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:16 pm

I'm surprised Biden won't cross a picket line to wash dishes.


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Re: December's Debate May Have to Be Cancelled

Post by screen glare » Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:11 am

Yeah Apparently he’s no Donald Trump.



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Re: December's Debate May Have to Be Cancelled

Post by MWmetalhead » Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:54 am

The Dems have been pandoring to organized labor more than I can remember in a Presidential campaign since the Bill Clinton era.

This is by design. Many unionized workers - especially men - like Trump. Dems need to work unusually hard this election cycle to win support of union households.

Pelosi quietly decided to allow a vote in the USMCA- which could occur on the floor of the House as soon as this coming week - because she knew refusing to allow a vote on that important legislation would've been a disaster for her party politically.


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Re: December's Debate May Have to Be Cancelled

Post by Turkeytop » Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:11 am

MWmetalhead wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:54 am
The Dems have been pandoring to organized labor more than I can remember in a Presidential campaign since the Bill Clinton era.

Showing respect for a picket line isn't pandering to labour. Its the decent and proper thing to do. Whenever I see a picket line I always stop and wish them well. Sometimes I pick up a sign and walk with them,


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Re: December's Debate May Have to Be Cancelled

Post by MWmetalhead » Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:05 am

Unlike you, I guess I would attempt to understand the facts of the underlying situation before choosing with whom to side.

As far as many if not all of the Dem candidates are concerned, their actions are much more about optics than "showing respect."


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Re: December's Debate May Have to Be Cancelled

Post by Turkeytop » Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:43 am

MWmetalhead wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:05 am

As far as many if not all of the Dem candidates are concerned, their actions are much more about optics than "showing respect."
Oh, I know that. The Dems are just as pro-capitalist and anti- working class as are the Republicans. The only difference is that the Republicans openly admit that they hate us. The Democrats pretend to be our ally.


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Re: December's Debate May Have to Be Cancelled

Post by kager » Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:15 pm

I'm trying to remember if these performers had to shun common carriers and take private jets when LSG Sky Chefs voted to strike...


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Re: December's Debate May Have to Be Cancelled

Post by Matt » Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:41 pm

Turkeytop wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:03 pm
2020 Democrats say they won't participate in December debate if they have to cross picket line


Washington (CNN)All seven Democratic presidential candidates who met the qualifications to participate in next week's debate declared their support on Friday for a local labor union and said they would not participate in the debate if they have to cross the union's picket line.

UNITE HERE Local 11 sent a letter Friday to all the Democratic presidential campaigns informing them of a labor dispute involving their union on Loyola Marymount University's campus, the site for next week's debate. LMU subcontracts its food service operations to a company called Sodexo, and Local 11 has been in negotiations with Sodexo since March for a collective bargaining agreement, according to the letter. A resolution has not been reached and Sodexo last week canceled scheduled contract negotiations, according to the union.

After receiving the letter, the candidates -- Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Andrew Yang, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Tom Steyer and Amy Klobuchar -- all announced their support of the union.

A spokesperson for the DNC, Xochitl Hinojosa, said the DNC and LMU learned about the labor dispute on Friday.
"While LMU is not a party to the negotiations between Sodexo and Unite Here Local 11, (DNC chairman) Tom Perez would absolutely not cross a picket line and would never expect our candidates to either. We are working with all stakeholders to find an acceptable resolution that meets their needs and is consistent with our values and will enable us to proceed as scheduled with next week's debate," Hinojosa said in a statement.

A spokesperson for Sodexo said in a statement that the company is "100% committed to reaching an agreement, and any statement that we have left the bargaining table is not accurate."

"We have been negotiating in good faith with the Unite Here Local 11 since December of last year with a goal to reach a new collective bargaining agreement that is equitable for everyone, including our employees, and we still intend to achieve such an agreement," the statement reads.

The DNC pulled the December debate out of its previous location at the University of California, Los Angeles, due to a labor dispute between the university and a local union. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 3299 had asked Democratic presidential campaigns not to cross its boycott and refuse to appear at any University of California campuses.
Warren was the first candidate to say Friday she would not cross the union's picket line, even if it meant missing the debate, which is being co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico. The Massachusetts senator called on the Democratic National Committee to find a solution "that lives up to our party's commitment to fight for working people." She said in a tweet that Local 11 is "fighting for better wages and benefits -- and I stand with them."

Sanders then tweeted shortly after: "I stand with the workers of @UniteHere11 on campus at Loyola Marymount University fighting Sodexo for a better contract. I will not be crossing their picket line."

Warren and Sanders in particular have made their support of unions, striking workers and employees fighting for higher wages at major corporations a central theme of their presidential campaigns.

Businessman Andrew Yang was next, writing in a statement on Twitter: "We must live our values and there is nothing more core to the Democratic Party than the fight for working people." He said he supports Local 11 in their fight for proper compensation, and that he won't cross the picket line.

Former vice president Joe Biden then tweeted: "We've got to stand together with @UniteHere11 for affordable health care and fair wages. A job is about more than just a paycheck. It's about dignity." He said he would not be crossing a picket line.
Businessman Tom Steyer followed, saying if the dispute between Sodexo and Local 11 is not resolved before the debate, he would not cross their picket line. He tweeted that he stands with LMU workers in their fight for fair wages and benefits.
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said he stands in solidarity with the workers, and tweeted: "I take the debate stage to stand up for workers' rights, not to undermine them."

A spokesperson for Amy Klobuchar, Carlie Waibel, tweeted that Klobuchar would not be crossing the picket line.
A leader of UNITE HERE Local 11, Susan Minato, said in a statement posted to the group's Twitter account: "We had hoped that workers would have a contract with wages and affordable health insurance before the debate next week. Instead, workers will be picketing when the candidates come to campus."

Local 11 represents 150 cooks, dishwashers, cashiers and servers who work on LMU's campus, according to the group.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/13/politics ... index.html
Duplicate thread: you must have missed this: viewtopic.php?f=24&t=49038



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Re: December's Debate May Have to Be Cancelled

Post by Turkeytop » Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:42 pm

Matt wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:41 pm

Duplicate thread: you must have missed this: viewtopic.php?f=24&t=49038

It's not a duplicate post at all. My post told the story and gave a link to the source.

Yours just asks a question about something, without giving it any context.


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