Nov 18, 2015 (Washington) The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for President. This is the latest in a series of large union endorsements for the former Secretary of State, among them the National Education Association, which has led the way.
The SEIU gave reasons:
“Hillary Clinton has proven she will fight, deliver and win for working families,” said SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry. “SEIU members and working families across America are part of a growing movement to build a better future for their families, and Hillary Clinton will support and stand with them. This movement for economic, racial, immigrant and social justice is poised to turn out to vote in November with their families and communities and keep pushing elected officials to deliver once in office.”
While the SEIU wants a $15 dollars an hour minimum wage, and Clinton said the other day in the debate to settle for $12, the union still endorsed her. They believe that she will push for those changes in wages needed. The Union said that she will fight to raise those wages. They also wrote that she will stand for the rights of working people.
“As cleaners, we roll up our sleeves every day and get the job done without complaint. When Hillary Clinton is president, she will do the same. She will fight tirelessly for working families. I like that she is not running to prove a point, she is running to make our country better,” said Pam Johnston, a cleaner, member of 32BJ SEIU in Pittsburgh and executive board member.
Once elected, Hillary Clinton will have the opportunity to address the epidemic of low wages and poor training standards for our nation’s airport workers, who keep travelers safe and airports clean. “Airport jobs should be good jobs — and together, we can make sure they are,” she wrote to airport workers gathered at a national convention last month in Washington.
This does not mean that rank and file members were happy and there were posts on the Facebook page pointing to this, just like when the NEA endorsed Clinton earlier in the year.
According to the International Business Times,
Many SEIU members prefer Sanders, including Rand Wilson, a staffer for the union’s Massachusetts-based Local 888 and founding member of the grassroots network Labor for Bernie…
‘It’s important to support the candidate who’s supportive of our objectives,’ he says. ‘It’ll be hard to continue to support a candidate who supports $12 an hour when there’s a viable one who supports $15…’
Wilson predicts the move will generate backlash against the leadership.Sanders is seen as a more passionate defender of the union’s broader agenda.
There was a similar reaction when the NEA endorsed Clinton. Time will tell how this evolves and whether these endorsements will damage or split labor.