Culinary withdraws Brager endorsement

Strongly worded letter follows -- the union's political director, Yvanna Cancela, informed Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager she was removed from the group's endorsement list. My favorite part: Cancela signing the missive, "Best."

Commissioner Susan Brager

500 S. Grand Central Parkway

Las Vegas, NV 89155



Dear Commissioner Brager,


Last week, over 1,500 casino workers marched in your district from Palo Verde HS to Red Rock Casino. Perhaps you remember speaking to a union organizer and two Station Casino workers before the action began? They certainly remember the exchange. How could workers who are fighting for justice forget being called “disingenuous” by an elected official? It is disheartening, to say the least, that you have come to such conclusions without ever asking to meet with Station Casino workers.


If you had met with Station Casino workers they would have told you that Station Casinos is the worst labor law violator in the history of the Nevada gaming industry. Station Casinos was found to have broken labor law and violated its employees’ rights 88 times. Workers at Station Casinos are fighting for a fair process so that they can decide whether to unionize free from management interference, intimidation, bullying, and litigation.


As you know, voters will be making a decision at the polls this election. When the Union issued its endorsements, your name was initially listed in our voter guide. Following your shamefully anti-worker words last week, we have decided that your actions do not represent workers fighting for justice, dignity, and respect.


When you first ran for office in 2006, we stood by you. In fact, some media outlets even attributed your victory to our get out the vote work. You said then, “I want to build a stronger Clark County to benefit my grandchildren and for all future generations.” We are working towards that same goal. In order to build a stronger community, all voices should be represented and heard – including those of workers like the ones you dismissed last week.


If you are interested, we would like to facilitate a meeting with Station Casino workers in your district. That way, the next time you are asked your thoughts on the major labor dispute that continues to escalate with Station Casinos in Summerlin, you can respond with facts.


Please let us know if you are interested in meeting with your constituents.




Yvanna Cancela

Political Director

Culinary Workers Union, Local 226