Sanders Backers Clash With Culinary Workers Over Health Care Proposal

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders is accompanied by his wife Jane O’Meara Sanders as he arrives to speak at his New Hampshire primary night rally in Manchester N.H. U.S

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders is accompanied by his wife Jane O’Meara Sanders as he arrives to speak at his New Hampshire primary night rally in Manchester N.H. U.S

"It's disappointing that Senator Sanders' supporters have viciously attacked the Culinary Union and working families in Nevada simply because our union has provided facts on what certain healthcare proposals might do", Geoconda Argüello-Kline, the union's Secretary-Treasurer, said in a statement, without sharing specific attacks. The next contests in the state-by-state battle to pick a candidate to face Republican President Donald Trump in November's election are in Nevada on February 22 and SC on February 29.

The flier, obtained by CNN on Tuesday, outlines where the leading 2020 Democratic candidates stand on health care, immigration and "Good Jobs". Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has also vocally supported his plan.

The release of the flier by the union, which is a force in Nevada politics, comes just a week and a half away from the Nevada caucuses.

Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 are Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE and 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.

"Presidential candidates suggesting forcing millions of hard working people to give up their healthcare creates unnecessary division between workers, and will give us four more years of Trump", the union said in an English- and Spanish-language one-page leaflet that went to workers.

The flier, however, says that Former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and businessman Tom Steyer, saying each would "protect Culinary Healthcare".

"We respect every single political candidate right now. A history of blood, sweat, and tears secured our healthcare, not politicians' promises".

The union is concerned with the potential loss of the health care benefits it has negotiated with employers under the rollout of a government-run health care program that would abolish private insurance.

Argüello-Kline would not comment on the alleged attacks during her press conference, but it's been reported that Sanders' supporters have made threatening phone calls to the union and lashed out over social media.

USA labour unions have spent years negotiating high quality, union-backed health care plans they fear will be snatched from them if a single-payer, government-run healthcare plan becomes reality.

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