Is There Aught We Hold in Common?

By January 12, 2008Labor Unions

change%20machine.jpgInternecine battles within organized labor, the Nevada State Education Association versus Culinary Workers Union 226.

A teachers’ union filed federal suit late yesterday trying to shut down nine Democratic caucus sites to be held next Saturday in casino halls along Las Vegas’s famed “Strip”, arguing that those sites give unfair advantage to union workers who are backing Sen. Barack Obama.

The suit was widely expected by state party officials as well as Obama’s campaign and the powerful Culinary Workers Union 226, which earlier this week endorsed the Illinois senator in advance of the Jan. 19 Nevada caucus. That endorsement had been eagerly sought by Obama as well as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and former senator John Edwards (D-N.C.), and by yesterday afternoon culinary union leaders told the Washington Post they expected an outside group with ties to Clinton to file a motion seeking to quash the casino caucuses.

Both sides avidly representing the interests of their members, no doubt.

From a post, “At-Large Caucuses in NV Threatened” at DailyKos, where poster MissLaura is unhappy.

UPDATE (11:50 a.m. Sunday): The Washington Post puts the Las Vegas labor battle on page one.

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