Democrats have long relied on the organizational strength of Culinary Local 226 to win them elections. Culinary members have provided foot soldiers for door-knocking and handing out pamplets. And the union has often got its choice elected to office. Now, though, the Culinary may sit out this election to focus on upcoming contract negotiations and its long-running dispute with Station Casinos. We talk with Culinary Secretary-Treasurer D. Taylor to get the Culinary's thinking.
The presidential race isn't the only political battle on TV. Station casinos is running ads denouncing the Culinary Union for its tough anti-business tactics as it tries to organize Station workers. The Culinary Union is running ads denouncing Station's greed and racism in firing Hispanic workers. It's not far from all out war. We talk with both sides to see what is at stake and where the battle is headed.
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