Nevada: Culinary Union un-endorses 17 lawmakers running for re-election over room cleaning bill

Photo: Members of Colunary Local 226 strike in front of Virgin Hotels on May 10. 2024. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)

Nevada: Culinary Union un-endorses 17 lawmakers running for re-election over room cleaning bill

Article brief provided by The Nevada Independent
  • Tabitha Mueller, The Nevada Independent
May 15, 2024 4:01 PM
  • Tabitha Mueller, The Nevada Independent

The Culinary Workers Union 226 has un-endorsed every sitting legislator who voted in favor of a 2023 resort-backed bill removing pandemic-imposed requirements placed on the casino industry, including the daily cleaning of hotel rooms.

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The Tuesday announcement means the union has decided to not endorse 18 Democratic lawmakers who are running in 2024 that the union previously endorsed in 2022, including Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro (D-Las Vegas) and Assembly Speaker Steve Yeager (D-Las Vegas).

Aside from backing challengers against a few incumbents so far, it marks the most public split yet between legislative Democrats and the union widely considered to be one of the most politically powerful in Nevada, which has been credited for helping national and state Democrats win contentious races in past election cycles through its widespread canvassing efforts and political operation.