Democratic officials push to end labor dispute and save debate
Posted: 4:11 PM, Dec 16, 2019
Democratic presidential hopefuls (L-R) Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speak during the fifth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on November 20, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
Democratic officials are pushing for an end to a labor dispute that threatens the party's sixth presidential primary debate.
A lead debate organizer for the Democratic National Committee said Monday that Chairman Tom Perez would not cross a planned picket line of Sodexo service workers at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
But he spent the weekend urging all stakeholders to expedite negotiations so the debate can proceed as scheduled Thursday night.
The seven candidates who have qualified for the debate have said they won't participate amid the dispute. A local union representative says talks could resume Tuesday.
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