January 5, 2013
Nicaraguan émigré represents workers employed by Big Casinos
Geoconda Arguello-Kline arrived in Miami in 1979 at the age of 24 as a political refugee from Nicaragua looking to escape the war-torn Central American country’s revolution.
She had a small child and few job prospects.
Fast-forward to today and Arguello-Kline, who drove trucks in South Florida and made beds in downtown Las Vegas hotels, is now one of Nevada’s top organized labor officials.
Earlier this month she was elected the leader of Culinary Workers Local 226, the state’s largest union.
Arguello-Kline spent seven years as a hotel housekeeper at the Fremont Street hotel-casino originally known as the Sundance. (The property was renamed Fitzgeralds and is now known as The D Las Vegas). She has spent the past 22 years in union leadership roles.