Earlier today the Nevada Independent reported that the Culinary Union has been circulating a flyer which compares six candidates for president on a number of issues. The flyer warns that, if elected, Bernie Sanders would put an end to the health insurance the union has fought for over the years, replacing it with Medicare for All.
The flyer says Sanders, if elected president, would “end Culinary Healthcare,” “require ‘Medicare For All,’” and “lower drug prices.” …
The Culinary Union, which provides health insurance to 130,000 workers and their family members through a special trust fund, strongly opposes Medicare for all on the basis that it would eliminate the health insurance they have negotiated for over several decades. Health insurance provided by the Culinary Health Fund is considered to be some of the best in the state, and the union even opened a 60,000-square-foot state-of-the-art health clinic a couple of years ago for its members.
The union, considered an organizing behemoth in the Silver State, has been known to tip the scales in elections in the past. Though the 60,000-member union has not yet decided whether it will endorse in the Democratic presidential primary, the flyer appears to be part of a coordinated campaign ahead of Nevada’s Feb. 22 Democratic presidential primary and shows the union will not be sitting idly by, with or without an endorsement.
The story about the flyer was published last night. Today, the union issued a statement saying it was being “viciously attacked” by angry Bernie Bros.