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 WarrenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Democrats blast Trump after report reveals he avoided income taxes for 10 years: 'Disgusting' Overnight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose The role (un)happiness plays in how people vote MORE (I-Vt.), the 2020 field's progressive heavyweights, were among the first to say they would boycott the event.


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


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 Edward 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.