Culinary Workers Union

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Culinary Workers Union
Full name UNITE HERE Culinary Workers Union Local 226
Native name "The Culinary"
Founded 1938; 79 years ago (1938)
Members 60,000
Head union UNITE HERE
Affiliation Nevada AFL–CIO
Key people Geoconda Arguello Kline, Secretary-Treasurer
Office location Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Country United States

Culinary Workers Union or UNITE HERE local 226 is a private sector local union in Nevada, USA, affiliated with UNITE HERE, a national labor union. With 60,000 members, the Culinary Workers Union represents more members than any other union in Nevada, is the largest union local in a right-to-work state and is the largest affiliate of UNITE HERE. Members include a variety of occupations organized along craft lines working in restaurants, hotels and laundries, in the casinos in the Las Vegas metropolitan area[1] and Reno, as well as McCarran International Airport and Valley Hospital Medical Center. While most Culinary members work in casinos, the union does not represent dealers and other employees directly providing gaming services.[2] The union also has a partnership with the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, which Hattie Canty, the first African-American woman elected to be president of the Culinary Union, was instrumental in organizing.

Local 165 of UNITE HERE represents bartenders in Las Vegas although the two locals negotiate contracts in tandem.

In January 2008, the union endorsed U.S. Senator Barack Obama over U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton on the presidential election.[3]

In February 2016, the union declined to endorse former U.S. Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton or U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders on the primary and later endorsed Clinton on the general election as Democratic presidential nominee. Clinton lost the general election to Donald Trump on November 8–9, 2016.[4][5]


  1. ^ Underthun, Anders: Homage to Las Vegas, NIBR International: The Hotel Worker Project, 22.02.2010
  2. ^ Website of Culinary Workers Union Local 226
  3. ^ Obama gains key labor backing in Nevada, MSNBC/The Associated Press, January 9, 2008
  4. ^ [1], The New York Times, February 18, 2016
  5. ^ [2], The Hill, February 20, 2016

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