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Politics Debate is on? Tentative deal reached in union dispute that threatened 2020 showdown

17:40  17 december  2019
17:40  17 december  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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Negotiators have reached a tentative deal to end a labor dispute that led all the qualifiers for Thursday's 2020 Democratic presidential debate to threaten a boycott. Food service workers at Los Angeles debate site Loyola Marymount University and their employer Sodexo came to a

The union said in a statement on Friday that it had been unable to reach an agreement. “We had hoped that workers would have a contract with And in 2015, the D.N.C. removed the New Hampshire television station WMUR as a debate sponsor because a labor dispute at the station could have led

A tentative agreement has been struck in a labor dispute between food service workers and their employer at Loyola Marymount University that threatened to derail Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate.


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The food services company Sodexo negotiated late into Monday evening with their employees at Loyola Marymount University to secure a tentative contract agreement. A formal vote is expected to take place on Tuesday.

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Unite Here Local 11 — the labor union representing the workers — said last Friday that they would picket the debate at the Los Angeles-area school if no agreement was reached with Sodexo. All seven Democratic presidential candidates who qualified for the debate said they wouldn’t cross a picket line to take the stage, which threw the debate into limbo.

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The union said in a statement on Friday that it had been unable to reach an agreement. "Instead, workers will be picketing when the candidates come to campus."It is not unusual for unions to make such threats as a negotiating tactic with the intention of reaching a deal before the event.But by

The three-year tentative agreement includes a 25 percent increase in salary, a 50 percent drop in health care costs, and increases in workers’ job security. All sides are expected to release more details at a Tuesday afternoon news conference in Los Angeles.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez — who served as labor secretary under then-President Barack Obama — worked through the weekend and Monday to help secure an agreement.

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“Every worker deserves fair wages and benefits. That’s why I was proud to help bring all stakeholders to the table, including UNITE HERE Local 11, Sodexo, and Loyola Marymount University, to reach a deal that meets their needs and supports workers," Perez said in a statement.

"I commend Sodexo and UNITE HERE for coming together in good faith to forge an agreement that is a win-win for everyone, and I appreciate the constructive engagement of LMU leadership which was indispensable to the resolution of this negotiation."

The DNC said it's notified the campaigns of the agreement.

The DNC had already once before moved the debate location to Loyola Marymount University from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) due to a separate labor dispute at that school.

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The final Democratic primary debate of the year is set to take place at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles on Thursday, with less than two months to go before the Iowa caucus.PBS NewsHour and Politico will host the forum, which will air from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET.The debate was threatened by a labor dispute between Unite Here Local 11, which represents 150 cooks, dishwashers, cashiers and servers associated with the university, and food service provider Sodexo. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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