Almost 15 % of employees in Nevada belong to labor unions, making the organizations outstanding in state politics. The Nevada Culinary Workers Union, one among the strongest forces, has 60,000 members — over half of them Latino — and represents most hospitality employees on the Las Vegas Strip.
Health care is the union’s biggest concern going into the presidential election and the.
Nevada has one among the worst well being care techniques in the nation, in line with a current report by the Commonwealth Fund. The state was ranked final in the nation for prevention and remedy, and second to final for entry and affordability.
The Culinary Workers Union, nonetheless, has its personal well being care system that many members fear might be threatened by. The union has distributed flyers warning that Medicare for All plans would threaten members’ present protection.
“Every human being needs and deserve to have better health care. … But at the same time we believe in choices,” stated Geoconda Arguello-Kline, who has been in the Culinary Workers Union for 36 years and is secretary-treasurer. “We feel very important to keep our own health care because we have the best health care in Nevada.”
Employers pay into the culinary union’s well being fund, which helps its personal personal well being heart for members and their 70,000 dependents.
Union member Lino Paredes, who works at Caesar’s Palace, is voting for the first time.
“I just had a baby. My wife just had a c-section and you guys know how expensive that is, right? I didn’t have to worry much because I knew I was covered by my insurance,” he stated.
The concern, nonetheless, has created conflicting views on well being care amongst the state’s union members.
Yarleny Roa-Dugan, a 31-year-old mom, immigrant and nurse, stated she helps Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. She advised CBS News contributor Maria Elena Salinas that, as a voter, one among her fundamental issues is well being care, and that she helps Medicare for All.
“I think most of us can agree that even if you have health insurance, the costs make it very difficult,” Roa-Dugan stated.
“As a labor and delivery nurse, I see women that come in without any prenatal care … we can see issues with the babies that we otherwise would have been able to fix or prevent … It’s very hard.”
Roa-Dugan’s union, which represents well being care and public service staff, can even play a job in Nevada’s caucuses.
About 137 million Americans confronted monetary hardship final 12 months due to medical prices, in line with the Journal of General Internal Medicine. High well being care payments are the No. 1 cause individuals take cash out of their retirement accounts or file for chapter.
All the Democratic presidential candidates have visited Nevada’s culinary union to share their platforms.
Some have seized on the Culinary Workers Union’s concern, and promised that the union’s well being care wouldn’t be put in jeopardy beneath their presidency. Others, like Bernie Sanders, have argued that switching to authorities well being care may assist them combat for larger wages.
“Employers save money under our legislation, workers get the difference,” Sanders stated.
When requested by CBS about the union’s fears, Senator Elizabeth Warren stated she desires the complete nation to have well being care pretty much as good as the union’s system.
“I want to see health care centers like that available not just for the culinary union, I want to see them available all across Nevada and across this country,” she stated.
Regardless of the end result this weekend, Roa-Dugan stated she’s proud to be collaborating.
“I think every vote counts. So my vote is very important and I am encouraging all my friends and family to vote too,” she stated.