The DNC announced last week that the December presidential primary debate would no longer be held at UCLA.
The announcement doesn’t come as much of a surprise seeing as the liberal university has been the target of many boycotts over the past few years. The school’s employee union, AFSCME Local 3299, has been in a dispute with ACLE since 2016. Since then it has requested speakers boycott the school until the labor dispute is resolved.
A few days before the DNC announced that they would be changing venues, AFSCME 3299 sent letters to six of the presidential hopefuls asking them to honor the boycott of the University of California school and request the debate location be changed.
In a statement, UCLA said:
“This morning, the Democratic National Committee asked our media partners to move the December 19, 2019 debate to another venue following renewed and unanticipated objections from organized labor. With regret, we have agreed to step aside as the site of the debate rather than become a potential distraction during this vitally important time in our country’s history.”
— Loyola Marymount University (@LoyolaMarymount) November 8, 2019
The December debate will now be held at Loyola Marymount University.
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