The sixth Democratic party primary debate is in doubt due to a labor dispute with the local food service union in Los Angeles.
Scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19, the debate could likely be canceled if the union, Unite Here Local 11, deploys a picket line.
In a statement, the union said negotiations will resume this week over levels of support for Sodexo workers on the campus of Loyola Marymount University. Unite Here 11, an international labor union, is representing the food service workers at Sodexo, a Maryland food, energy and design firm.
“We want to thank the nine candiates for the Democratic presidential nomination who have expressed their support for Sodexo workers at Loyola Marymount University fighting for a fair contract with better wages and affordable healthcare,” said Susan Minato, Unite Here 11 co-president in statement released Dec. 15.
claims to represent 30,000 hotel, restaurant, convention center, sports arena and airport workers in southern California and Arizona.
All of the eligible candidates said they would not cross the union’s picket line and threatened to pull out.
Other candidates, such as Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have already bypassed the debate in its entirety. With less than 70 days until the first votes are cast in Iowa, the race for the Democratic party’s nomination remains as competitive as ever.
“We’re at a make-or-break moment, and there’s a growing movement of Americans who see it. They’ve joined our fight to turn the page and win a fresh start,” wrote Pete Buttigieg, in a fundraising letter to friends this week.
The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, one of the early front-runners in Iowa, is running a historic campaign as an openly gay married man. In his pitch to supporters, Buttigieg notes his campaign has opened more than 20 field offices and hired more than 100 organizers in Iowa, where caucus polling places him behind only Warren in support.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, with an impeachment trial hanging over his head, confirmed he will participate in three general election debates. The president does have primary opposition for the Republican party nomination in 2020. Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld is campaigning in New Hampshire and jabbed at Trump last week in a tweet, “Poor @realDonaldTrump -- can’t drain the swamp, can’t flush the toilet!”
The tweet was a response to Trump’s of American bathroom standards.