Culinary Union to host a canvass launch of the largest political field team in Reno



Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 11am


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Culinary Union to host a canvass launch of the largest political field team in Reno 


Las Vegas, NV -  UNITE HERE’s Culinary Union will be hosting a canvass launch of the largest political field team in Reno, Nevada on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 11am. 


*Ted Pappageorge, Secretary-Treasurer for Culinary Union

*Reno Culinary Union members who support Neighborhood Stability

*Over 80 UNITE HERE & Culinary Union members who have taken a leave-of-absence from their jobs to canvass in Reno 

WHAT: Reno Canvass Launch

WHEN: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 11am Pacific

WHERE: Culinary Union - Reno: 5450 Equity Avenue Reno, NV 89502. 

Livestream available:


UNITE HERE’s Culinary Union is running the largest political program in Nevada during the 2022 Midterms. 

Over 250 Culinary Union members are on a political leave-of-absence to canvass statewide and are on track to knock on over 1 million doors in Reno and Las Vegas, including more than half of the Black and Latinx voters and more than third of the AAPI voters in Nevada. Political canvassers are in the neighborhoods to talk to voters about Governor Sisolak, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Congressional Representatives Dina Titus, Steven Horsford, and Susie Lee, Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom, and candidate for North Las Vegas Mayor Pat Spearman. Canvassers have knocked on over 300,000 doors statewide to date since July 1, 2022.

Amid a 22% average increase in rent in Northern Nevada, approximately 80 workers are canvassing in Reno 6 days a week while braving 100+ degree heat and hazardous smoke and air from fires. Hospitality workers have traversed mountains and have been knocking on doors in every community from Sparks to Lake Tahoe.

In Las Vegas, 170 canvassers are hitting the streets, including on days where temperatures soar past 114 degrees, and are knocking on doors 6 days a week throughout the Las Vegas Valley from the Eastside, Westside, and in North Las Vegas, Monday-Sunday with Fridays off. Canvassers launch daily from the Culinary Union’s John Wilhelm Big Hall between 11am-11:30am and stay out on the doors till 8pm. 

The Culinary Union, the largest affiliate of UNITE HERE, the strongest political force in the state, is mobilizing hundreds of thousands of hospitality workers and immigrant voters during the 2022 Midterms to elect political leaders who will continue to fight for Nevadans.

Political canvassers reflect the Culinary Union’s diverse membership, which are majority women and people of color, and who are committed to organizing and winning economic and racial justice. The Culinary Union drives turnout in Nevada because the union has worked for nearly nine decades to build worker power and strength. Every political effort draws from the Culinary Union’s 87 years of rich knowledge of effective and precise voter contact, which is rooted in the principle of working people talking to each other about the importance of building collective power through voting. 

Nevada voters want elected leaders to stand with working people and for the right to dignified affordable housing, and against corporate landlords getting rich off of evictions. As the largest organization of workers in Nevada, Culinary Union is signing up tens of thousands of voters to support the passage of Neighborhood Stability at the county level.

*Prohibits rent increases for the first year of tenancy.
*Guarantees that rent increases are tied to CPI with a 5% yearly cap.
*Requires landlords to give 90-day notice on future rent increases.
*Includes commonsense exemptions for units built in the last 15 years and for mom/pop landlords who only own 1 unit or live in a multi-unit building.

Culinary Union is also calling on all candidates running for office this November to pledge to support Neighborhood Stability, as hospitality workers will be considering candidate stances regarding Neighborhood Stability as they cast their votes during the Midterms. For more information on Neighborhood Stability go to:

The Culinary Union has consistently run the largest and strongest political program in Nevada and is running an even larger program in the 2022 political cycle. Each cycle, the Culinary Union has surpassed previous political efforts:

*2016: 300 canvassers knocked on 250,000 doors. 

*2018: 350 canvassers knocked on 370,000 doors.

*2020: Culinary Union delivered Nevada for Biden/Harris and drove unprecedented turnout with the largest political team statewide. 500 canvassers knocked on 650,000 doors, including half of the Black and Latinx voters in Nevada.

*2022: The Culinary Union’s political program for the 2022 Primary was the largest in the state. During the 2022 Primary, the Culinary Union’s political team of 120 canvassers knocked on over 24,000 doors. The field team, currently composed of over 250 guest room attendants, bartenders, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, and kitchen workers, spend up to 10 hours a day, 6 days a week (Monday-Sunday with Fridays off) canvassing. The program, which continues through Tuesday, November 8, 2022, will ramp up for the weeks and days prior to Election Day. The field team launches their canvass Monday-Thursday and on Sundays between 11am-11:30am and are out until 8:00pm. On Saturday, canvassers launch at 10am and are out on the doors until 3pm.

We Vote. We Win. For our families!


Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, represent 60,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, including at most of the casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. UNITE HERE represents 300,000 workers in gaming, hotel, and food service industries in North America. 

The Culinary Union, through the Culinary Health Fund, is one of the largest healthcare consumers in the state. The Culinary Health Fund is sponsored by the Culinary Union and Las Vegas-area employers. It provides health insurance coverage for over 145,000 Nevadans, the Culinary Union’s members and their dependents.  

The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest Latinx/Black/AAPI/immigrant organization with members who come from 178 countries and speak over 40 different languages. We are proud to have helped over 18,000 immigrants become American citizens and new voters since 2001 through our affiliate, The Citizenship Project.  

The Culinary Union has a diverse membership which is 55% women and 45% immigrants. The demographics of Culinary Union members are approximately: 54% Latinx, 18% white, 15% Asian, 12% Black, and less than 1% Indigenous Peoples. 

Culinary Union members work as: Guest room attendants, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, bartenders, laundry and kitchen workers. The Culinary Union has been fighting and winning for working families in Nevada for 87 years. / @Culinary226 


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