February 5, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Boston, MA – UNITE HERE's New England Joint Board, comprising 51 locals, voted unanimously Jan. 22 to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for president.
” “Bernie’s pledge to fight inequality, take on the big banks, and spread opportunity to all Americans, not just the few, resonates with our members,” board president Bert Barao, a rank-and-file member of Local 177, said in a statement. “Bernie is the candidate who will put workers and their families first.” The union, which has about 10,000 members in New England, has only one local in New Hampshire, so it may not do much to campaign for him there before the Feb. 9 primary. In Nevada, where Democrats will caucus Feb. 20, UNITE HERE’s Culinary Workers Local 226, the state’s most politically active union, announced Jan. 18 that it would not endorse any candidate before then. Read more