Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Andrew Yang tweeted on Friday afternoon that they may skip next weeks Democratic presidential debate due to a union dispute involving the debate host Loyola Marymount University and Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company.
Sodexo employeeswho work at the university and are represented by Unite Here Local 11, a union that represents 31,000 hospitality workers in Southern California and Arizonaare reportedly fighting for wage and benefit increases.
Warren was to first tweet that she might skip the debate due to the dispute between Unite Here Local 11 and Sodexo.
The DNC should find a solution that lives up to our partys commitment to fight for working people. I will not cross the unions picket line even if it means missing the debate, Warren wrote.
.@UniteHere11 is fighting for better wages and benefitsand I stand with them. The DNC should find a solution that lives up to our party's commitment to fight for working people. I will not cross the union's picket line even if it means missing the debate.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) December 13, 2019
Roughly a half-hour later, Sanders echoed Warrens sentiments, saying, I stand with the workers fighting Sodexo for a better contract.
I stand with the workers of @UniteHere11 on campus at Loyola Marymount University fighting Sodexo for a better contract. I will not be crossing their picket line.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 13, 2019
Twenty minutes later, Yang signed on to skip the debate due to the dispute.
I wont cross the @UniteHere11 picket line, he wrote.
I wont cross the @UniteHere11 picket line to attend next weeks debate. We must live our values and there is nothing more core to the Democratic Party than the fight for working people. I support @UniteHere11 in their fight for the compensation and benefits they deserve.
— Andrew Yang