Culinary Union faces dilemma of loyalty

By Sunny Day
Las Vegas Tribune
It is no secret that the Culinary Union Local 226 is a loyal Democratic institution to the Democratic party, but now if the $15.00-an-hour raise becomes a reality, they will have to prove themselves to either the new Communist Party or the long-time hard-working loyal members of the largest gastronomic union.
The new administration is insisting on raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour despite the danger of the results it may bring to those members.
It is a fact that small businesses will not be able to afford the raise; it will not be viable for many of the small businesses to stay open if the $15.00-an-hour wage becomes a reality, and many long-time loyal employees of those mom-and-pop operations will end up in the unemployment line without tips, which is the center of many culinary workers.
Even the mega hotels will suffer the consequences because their payroll is much bigger than those small businesses and they’ll be forced to reduce either the hours that their employees work or the number of personnel.
Sometimes appearances are not what they seem and most businesses are open to make a profit; the hotels, regardless of how big they are, are no exception to the rule.
Hotels have bigger payrolls and larger amounts of other incidental expenses; raising the payroll to $15.00 an hour could be drastic to some of those big hotels, forcing them to lay off many of the newest employees if they want to be fair and follow the law, but they can also target some of the oldest employees that earn the higher hourly rate.
The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest union with over 60,000 members. The Culinary Union has been fighting for fair wages, job security, and the best health benefits for workers in Nevada for over 85 years.
Culinary Union members work as Guest room attendants, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, bartenders, and laundry and kitchen workers.
The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest Black/AAPI/immigrant organization with members who come from 178 countries and speak over 40 different languages.
The Local 226 prides itself on having helped over 18,000 immigrants become American citizens and new voters since 2001 through their affiliate, The Citizenship Project, but now it will have to choose between loyalty to the communist party the leadership so much adores or the members who has been loyal union dues-paying members, many during some of those eighty-five years.
Many of those are faithful members who are used to having and following real leaders, like Al Bramlet, Jeff McColl, Jim Arnold, Ben Schmoutey and others who fought for the union members to benefit above
anything and everything.

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