The Culinary Workers Union in Nevada announced on Thursday that it was not endorsing a presidential candidate, staying arms-length from an increasingly fraught primary process just ahead of the critical state caucus.
“We are going to endorse our goals,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, the Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Workers Union. “We are not going to endorse a candidate, a political candidate. We respect every single political candidate right now. We know they are great people. We know Vice President [Joe] Biden for many years…. We know all these candidates and we respect each one.”
The non-endorsement is not new for the union. In 2016, the union chose not to endorse as well because, according to the New York Times, they didn’t want to “divert resources, distract members and potentially polarize the union just as they are entering critical contract negotiations” by choosing between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.