SEIU Endorses Former Walmart Board Member For President

It was grave news when we had to report that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) had refused to endorse Bernie Sanders for President despite his near-flawless record on labor rights and repeated messages of support for the working class. However, even more grave news from labor leadership has reached us.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a trade union representing over a million workers in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico has just announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President.

Clinton’s corporate ties have been made near-public due in large part to the last debate, but what’s interesting is her background with very anti-labor organizations. Despite being a Democrat, Clinton has served on the board of Walmart (the first woman to do so), where we’ll give her credit for managing to push some environmentally-friendly policies through but, in the case relating to the article, stayed silent on the terrible labor practices of Walmart that have only gotten worse in recent years.

As you know, Walmart holds the distinction of being one of the most anti-labor forces in the country. Last year, one of their bizarre anti-union propaganda/training videos was leaked to the media. Other accounts tell of a time that a pro-union flyer was discovered in the staff bathroom which Walmart responded by, “within 24 hours, [dispatching] an anti-union SWAT team to his store via a corporate jet.”

While the President of the United States is definitely more powerful than single board member of a corporation like Walmart, it’s still a bad reflection of her past. When you combine this with the fact that you have a candidate like Bernie Sanders that has been a champion of worker’s rights, then it makes no sense why the SEIU endorsed Mrs. Clinton. Unfortunately, SEIU has decided to go the easy route and back the establishment candidate, even though she has rejected their #FightFor15 campaign in favor of a more modest #FightFor12.



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2 thoughts on “SEIU Endorses Former Walmart Board Member For President

  1. novenator

    The SEIU board can endorse whoever they want. SEIU MEMBERS know who to vote for in the primary: their greatest champion Bernie Sanders.

    The SEIU board did a great disservice to it’s membership by endorsing Clinton. SEIU is part of the #FightFor15 movement trying to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Bernie Sanders supports $15, has a 100% lifetime rating by SEIU, and has been on many picket lines standing side by side with striking union members fighting for a better share of the wealth they create with their labor. Clinton sat on the board of Walmart, only supports a $12mw #SettleFor12 , and her top 5 contributors are big banks on Wall Street.

    What precisely is Clinton going to do to help expand unions and their power? Don’t let that cognitive dissonance hit you too hard when she reverses her tune on the TPP, fails to support THE EFCA, doesn’t support a $15 minimum wage, and doesn’t prevent “Right to work for less” from going national.

    Why It’s a Mistake for SEIU to Endorse Clinton
    https://talkingunion.wordpress.com/2015/11/14/why-it-would-be-a-mistake-for-seiu-to-endorse-clinton/

    New Hampshire SEIU Local 560 endorsed Bernie Sanders
    http://www.unionleader.com/Bernie_Sanders_SEIU_Local_560_endorsement

    “You’re not another special interest to me. I’m not going to leave here to go out to meet with the bankers or corporate America. You are my family. This is what I do.” -Bernie Sanders

    •Opposed NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR with China, and the TPP.
    •Rated 100% by SEIU, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, UFCW, IBB, CWA, 98% IBEW.
    •Endorsed by National Nurses United, South Carolina AFL-CIO, New Hampshire IBEW & SEIU, American Postal Workers Union

    Labor For Bernie http://www.laborforbernie.org/
    http://feelthebern.org/bernie-sanders-on-workers-rights/
    http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27110/bernie-sanders/43#.Ve5N0J1Viko

    Bernie Sanders on Income and Wealth Inequality
    http://berniesanders.com/issues/income-and-wealth-inequality/
    http://feelthebern.org/bernie-sanders-on-economic-inequality/

    Politely let the SEIU board know that you respectfully disagree with this decision and would like them to rescind this nomination.
    Contact: Beau Boughamer beau.boughamer@seiu.org 202/765-9143
    https://www.facebook.com/SEIU
    https://twitter.com/SEIU

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