A major hotel union in Las Vegas is speaking out against Donald Trump – challenging the Republican presidential hopeful to start with his own workers if he wants to make America great again.
Since announcing his run June 16, Trump has made the slogan “Make America Great Again!” a central part of his campaign. The Culinary Union, though, says he should first worry more about his own workers if he plans to do that. The union is in the middle of a campaign to organize hundreds of his hotel employees in Las Vegas.
“Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again,’” Geoconda Arguello-Kline, the secretary-treasurer for the Culinary Union, said in a statement. “Mr. Trump should start right here in Las Vegas with workers at his hotel.”
The Culinary Union also is planning a protest for Friday. Workers are expected to be joined by clergy leaders, community organizations, elected officials, and union workers throughout the city.
“Many of them are immigrants who work hard to provide for their families,” Arguello-Kline also noted. “They deserve equal treatment and should be respected for their contributions to this great city.”
The Culinary Union is the largest labor union in Nevada representing hotel, food service, laundry and casino workers. The union is an affiliate of UNITE-HERE.
As such, the union has a particular interest in Trump. The business mogul made his fortune in real estate and the hotel industry. The Culinary Union claims his Las Vegas hotels have violated worker labor rights on several occasions. This included the unfair suspension of five employees in 2014 and restricting the right of workers to show union support in 2015. His more strict stance on immigration has also put him at odds with the union.
“The Culinary Union and the national organization UNITE-HERE have long campaigned for immigration reform and the rights of immigrant workers” the union noted in a press release. “Including the Immigrant Workers’ Freedom Ride in 2003, and continues the fight to achieve comprehensive, worker-centered immigration reform.”
Trump International Hotel and his campaign did not respond to requests for comment from The Daily Caller News Foundation.
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