November 17, 2015

SEIU Puts Politics Before Principle In Endorsing Clinton

Today SEIU, which is funding the Fight for $15 movement to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. This defies logic as Clinton doesn’t even support raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Her opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on the other hand, recently said that he would “apologize to nobody” for his strong support of not only the Fight for $15 movement, but for actually raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. And as Politico reported, there has already been vocal opposition to a Clinton endorsement within the SEIU:

The executive board’s action won’t please all members, or even leaders within SEIU. On Friday SEIU 1199 opted not to endorse any candidate. SEIU 503, Oregon’s largest public employees union, did the same. SEIU 888 spokesperson Rand Wilson has also been among the most vocal union advocates for Sanders. His organization, Labor for Bernie, mobilized rank-and-file at SEIU and elsewhere to try to delay Clinton endorsements.

Not only does SEIU’s “head over heart” endorsement endanger rank-and-file SEIU members enthusiasm for the presidential election, but it could also jeopardize their Fight for $15 movement. SEIU 888 spokesperson Rand Wilson stated that a Clinton endorsement will “really let the air out of the tires” for the Fight for $15.