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Democrats threaten to skip next debate over labor dispute

Democrats threaten to skip next debate over labor dispute
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All seven Democratic candidates who qualified for next week's presidential debate in Los Angeles are threatening to skip it over a labor dispute at the university hosting the event.

The candidates said Friday that they won't attend the Dec. 19 event due to a dispute between workers at Loyola Marymount University and food services company Sodexo.

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate to vote on elections bill Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda Progressives fear nightmare scenario over voting rights assault MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSchumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure Feehery: 8 reasons why Biden should take the bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (I-Vt.), the 2020 field's progressive heavyweights, were among the first to say they would boycott the event.

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They were soon joined by former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSchumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster Senate GOP blocks voting rights bill The antitrust package is a Trojan horse conservatives must reject MORE (D-Minn.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Buttigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm MORE (D), and businessmen Andrew YangAndrew YangYang concedes in NYC mayor's race Early results show Adams leading NYC mayoral primary as counting continues Ocasio-Cortez says she ranked Wiley first, Stringer second in NYC mayoral vote MORE and Tom SteyerTom SteyerTop 12 political donors accounted for almost 1 of every 13 dollars raised since 2009: study California Democrats weigh their recall options Why we should be leery of companies entering political fray MORE.

"The [Democratic National Committee] should find a solution that lives up to our party's commitment to fight for working people," Warren tweeted.

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The debate had been moved to Loyola Marymount University from the University of California, Los Angeles due to a separate labor dispute.

The union representing the workers, Unite Here Local 11, had said in a statement earlier Friday that "the leading contenders for the Democratic nomination will be greeted with picket lines at their replacement venue."

A Democratic National Committee (DNC) spokesperson told The Hill in a statement that it had learned of the issue Friday and was working to find a solution. 

“While LMU is not a party to the negotiations between Sodexo and Unite Here Local 11, Tom PerezThomas PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE would absolutely not cross a picket line and would never expect our candidates to either,” spokesperson Xochitl Hinojosa told The New York Times, referring to the DNC's chairman.

“We are working with all stakeholders to find an acceptable resolution that meets their needs and is consistent with our values and will enable us to proceed as scheduled with next week’s debate,” she added.