85°F
weather icon Clear

Sanders, Buttigieg make labor pitch at Las Vegas union convention

Democratic presidential hopefuls Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders addressed the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades’ annual convention in Las Vegas by video on Tuesday, with each sharing a different view on labor, health care and the future of the country to varied responses from union delegates.

Here’s four takeaways from what they said:

MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG

Audience: Polite applause at the start and finish of his remarks.

Money line: “I think you and I both know that a lot of labor members held their nose and voted for this president out of an attempt to get anything that represented change — even if it meant burning the house down. I don’t think a person like Donald Trump ever gets anywhere near the Oval Office unless there’s already a crisis going on in this country.”

Minimum wage: Skilled-workers unions don’t consider it a priority, but all workers “benefit from the floor being lifted.”

New metric: Not just gross domestic product, but life-expectancy and wage growth for workers in the bottom 90 percent of the economy.

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS, I-Vt.

Audience: Enthusiastic applause throughout, and a standing ovation at the end.

Money line: Sanders promised to “be the most pro-union president since Franklin Roosevelt.”

Losing the audience: Medicare for All, since the union has bargained hard for good health-care benefits in contracts.

Winning it back: The Workplace Democracy Act, a bill Sanders has been bringing unsuccessfully since 1992, which would penalize employers for failing to bargain in good faith and end right-to-work laws, which exist in 28 states, including Nevada.

UP NEXT: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is scheduled to speak in person at the convention on Wednesday morning. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., plans to appear remotely on Wednesday afternoon, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., will do the same Thursday.

Contact Rory Appleton at rappleton@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0276. Follow @RoryDoesPhonics on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Pulse Nightclub to be designated national memorial

The deadliest attack on the LGBTQ community in U.S. history left 49 people dead and 53 people wounded as “Latin Night” was being celebrated at the club.

 
Biden urges G-7 leaders to call out, compete with China

The president hopes the denunciation will be part of a joint communique to be released Sunday when the summit ends.

Sisolak vetoes 4 bills from 2021 Legislature

Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Friday that he’d vetoed four bills passed during the 2021 Legislature, ranging from housing discrimination, tourism districts and the creation of legislative ethics commissions.

Seized House records show how far Trump administration would go

Two House Democrats disclosed this week that their smartphone data was secretly obtained by the Trump Justice Department as part of an effort to uncover the source of leaks related to the investigation of Russian-related election interference.