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.