Democrats threaten to boycott next debate over labor dispute

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"I will not cross the union's picket line even if it means missing the debate", Warren tweeted on Friday.

Unite Here Local 11, which represents roughly 150 Sodexo employees at Loyola Marymount, said the union has been in contract negotiation since March and began picketing last month. Besides Sodexo's delays in negotiating a collective bargaining agreement this year, the union has come out against wages for airline catering workers at Los Angeles International Airport and a lucrative hotel project in Burbank, California, that it says would limit affordable housing.

A DNC spokesperson said that the committee was looking into the issue because Tom Perez, the chairman, wouldn't want the candidates to have to cross a picket line.

All the 2020 candidates who qualified for the next Democratic presidential debate have vowed to bow out of the event because they don't want to cross a picket line to get there.

The dispute between UNITE HERE Local 11 and Sodexo threatens to throw off plans for the December 19 debate, which is slated for Loyola Marymount University. A job is about more than just a paycheck. "It's about dignity." The other candidates used Twitter to post similar sentiments. Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, Minnesota Sen.

"We felt that it would be imperative to let the candidates know that we would be holding a picket line on Thursday", Briceño said.

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After receiving the letter, the candidates - Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Andrew Yang, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Tom Steyer and Amy Klobuchar - all announced their support of the union.

The union, Unite Here Local 11, has a press release as a pinned tweet saying that picket lines on campus are likely on December 19 due to the labor dispute. Amy Klobuchar tweeted that the candidate told labor leaders in Miami Friday that she would also not participate in the debate without a resolution.

The DNC also confirmed that seven candidates had hit both the fundraising and polling qualifications to appear at the debate.

"We are working with all stakeholders to find an acceptable resolution that meets their needs and is consistent with our values and will enable us to proceed as scheduled with next week's debate", she added.

"I take the debate stage to stand up for workers" rights, not to undermine them, ' he tweeted. "I trust the DNC will find a solution ahead of the debate, and I stand with (LMU) workers in their fight for fair wages and benefits". But the Democratic National Committee asked the debate's media sponsors to find a new location because the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees asked the candidates to boycott it over a contract dispute involving patient care workers at the university's hospital system.

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