Unions make peace offering

Following a slim defeat in New Hampshire, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) bounced back on Wednesday by picking up two key endorsements from labor unions in Nevada. The 17,500-member Nevada chapter of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the 60,000-member Culinary Workers union have both thrown their support behind the junior senator from Illinois ahead of the Silver State's January 19 caucus.

"Nevada is a caucus state, and as Obama showed in Iowa, organization of every precinct is key to winning. SEIU Nevada members from Reno to Elko to Las Vegas are ready to make a difference in this state for our candidate," SEIU Executive Director Jane McAlevey said.

An estimated 40,000 Democrats will vote in the Nevada caucus and an estimated 16,000 of those voters will be Culinary union members.

A local Culinary union chapter in Nevada explained, "We are paying close attention the race, meeting with all the candidates and talking to our coworkers and family about this important election. The road to victory in the Nevada Caucus is going to go through us!"

"We believe that Obama is the candidate who can bring the country together and we are proud to support his candidacy," Culinary union Executive Vice President Shauna Hamel said.


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