Yesterday, the Culinary Workers Local 226 came to a tentative agreement with the industrial laundry companies in Las Vegas. That means that virtually all of the union's oustanding contracts have been settled, save for the Tropicana. culogo.gif

(As Jon Ralston, the dean of the political press corps in Nevada, wrote, "There goes the picket line photo op for the presidential contenders..... They will have to settle for standard sucking up to the Culinary this week.")

So now Local 226, which represents 60,000 workers in Clark County, where 75% of caucus delegate will be selected, can turn its attention to a presidential endorsement.

The debate on Thursday night and the Jefferson-Jackson dinner afterwards will matter.

Union sources say that Local 226 will hand down its endorsement after Thanksgiving.

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