Klobuchar tells union workers in Miami she might skip next debate in LA. Here's whyDecember 14, 2019 1:31am

Dec. 13-- Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the latest of seven Democratic presidential candidates to announce they will skip the next Democratic debate if it means crossing a picket line to get there.

"I don't believe we should cross that picket line," she said at a Miami campaign event centered on labor rights and union protections.

The other six qualifying candidates-Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang, and Tom Steyer-have all announced that they would pull out of the Thursday debate in Los Angeles if a local labor union dispute can't get resolved.

The Democratic National Committee decided last month that it would move the debate from the University of California, Los Angeles to Loyola Marymount University following a conflict between UCLA and AFSCME Local 3299.

Now, however, they did not escape the issue entirely. UNITE HERE Local 11, which represents food service workers at Loyola Marymount, said it would boycott the next debate after negotiations broke down with Sodexo, the university's food services subcontractor.

The DNC's next four debates will be held in January and February in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.


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