John L. Smith: Nevada Unions Had Much To Celebrate On Labor Day


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State of Nevada contributor John L. Smith says the Culinary and other unions stay strong in Nevada because they're politically active, something that was true in 2018 before masks were required. 

Nevada union members spent part of Labor Day weekend in a virtual rally with three members of the state’s congressional delegation.

“In Nevada, organized labor is strong, and it's strong because it's politically active,” said State of Nevada contributor John L. Smith, who watched the event.

Democratic Reps. Dina Titus, Susie Lee, and Steven Horsford all spoke, with Titus reminding the union audience of “her proud voting record of being 100% with labor,” Smith said.

Today’s labor movement remains vital because it’s “participating in politics at a higher level than ever,” Smith said, adding that unions have been part of Las Vegas since the beginning.

“There were a lot of union members in the community,” he said, “whether they worked at the Nevada Test Site, or whether they worked on the Strip or downtown.”

The ability to pass President Joe Biden’s ambitious infrastructure agenda would give energize union members and give friendly politicians “something to hang their lunch buckets on” going into next year’s election, Smith said.

“Those are the kinds of things that Democrats run on and win — when they're successful with their agenda,” he said.

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