June 1st, 2007
06:11 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama: I am ready for the picket line

Obama campaigned in Nevada Friday.

ATLANTA (CNN) - Senator Barack Obama has his suntan lotion and Panama hat in hand to walk the picket line with Las Vegas union casino workers if they cannot reach a contract settlement.

"I'm prepared. I'm equipped. I'm ready to walk with you. I’m ready to march with you” said Obama to members of the Culinary Workers Union Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Obama stressed that when unions are stronger, workers get a larger share of the economy.

"All we're asking for is make sure the burdens and benefits of this new global economy are spread evenly across the board," he said. "That if profits are going up for everybody, then those profits are shared with workers. If CEO's have free healthcare, then workers get free healthcare."

The Culinary Workers Union, with nearly 60,000-members, continues contract negotiations with its major employers, MGM Mirage Inc. and Harrah's Entertainment Inc.

Obama left the Culinary Workers Union with a standing ovation and headed to a rally at a Las Vegas high school.

- CNN Political Editor Marissa Muller

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