200,000 Member Union Council Endorses Prop 19

By: Thursday July 15, 2010 12:30 pm

More good news for California’s marijuana legalization initiative: UFCW’s Western States Council, representing more than 200,000 union members in the Western US, endorsed Prop 19 yesterday.


DSCC Wins: Labor Unions Pony Up, “You Know, Financially” for 2010 Races

By: Thursday July 8, 2010 5:40 pm

In the wake of Blanche Lincoln’s surprise victory in the runoff election for the Democratic nomination of Arkansas’ Senate seat, top officials in the White House and Senate derided labor unions as “absolute idiots,” and “Washington special interests” who “flushed $10 million down the toilet” for supporting challenger Bill Halter. DSCC Chair Bob Menendez even had the gall to say he expects labor’s “support, you know, financially” in “all of our races across the country.”

It seems Menendez will get his wish. Sam Stein reports that labor unions plan to step up – you know, financially – for Democratic candidates across the country in 2010 to help stem the tide of a massive influx of corporate cash this cycle.

Former SEIU Boss Stern Proposes Partial Investment of Social Security Trust Fund in Stock Market

By: Thursday July 1, 2010 9:00 am

The market has been extremely volatile of late. An investment 10 years ago would have yielded almost no gains, and would have absorbed a giant loss in 2008. Too much of the stock market these days is ruled not by efficient capital flows, but high-frequency trading and other forms of gambling, none of which will be ameliorated by the financial reform bill. Putting 10-15% of the trust fund into that casino could result in lower returns or even losses from the safe investments in which it’s currently exposed.

SEIU Drafting Former Kissell Staffer to Run Against Him in General Election

By: Friday June 11, 2010 6:45 am

When SEIU hatched this idea to start a third party in North Carolina, I was skeptical of their chances at success. Turns out I was right about that – it was too daunting a task to up and start a party in a couple of months, in time to qualify for the November ballot. However, SEIU didn’t quit with their plans at accountability for Democrats they feel betrayed them, and as a result, they are seeking to qualify a third-party candidate to run against Larry Kissell in NC-08.

Mary Kay Henry Takes the Helm of SEIU

By: Sunday May 9, 2010 12:45 pm

SEIU has a new President. The union’s executive committee elected health care organizer Mary Kay Henry as SEIU’s first female president today, after now President Emeritus Andy Stern announced his resignation several weeks ago.

Audio: New SEIU Radio Ad in Arkansas Challenges Obama’s Ad for Lincoln

By: Thursday May 6, 2010 1:30 pm

On Tuesday a radio ad hit the airwaves in Arkansas, featuring Barack Obama encouraging voters to support Blanche Lincoln in the Democratic Senate primary later this month. SEIU, which is supporting Lincoln challenger Bill Halter, cut their own ad to directly challenge Obama. You can hear the ad exclusively at Firedoglake.

Obama: “I’m a Pro-Union Guy”… and Here Are Some Union Stereotypes

By: Thursday April 29, 2010 6:50 pm

President Obama makes a bold statement to audience members at a town hall in Iowa yesterday. “I am a pro-union guy,” said Obama to a union member woman who asked how Obama would “continue to support” union members. Wow…except that he launched into a knee-jerk defense of baseless union stereotypes.

What Happened to the Employee Free Choice Act?

By: Tuesday April 13, 2010 3:46 pm

The fate of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) over the course of the past year and a half has been largely determined by the White House. Rahm Emanuel would not let it come up for a vote until after health care was passed, and by that time the Democrats no longer had 60 votes in the Senate. But its evolution is also intimately tied to the electoral prospects of Harry Reid and Arlen Specter, and unless you understand one, you can’t understand the other.

SEIU’s Andy Stern to Step Down

By: Tuesday April 13, 2010 6:00 am

Ben Smith dropped a bombshell this evening with his report that SEIU President Andy Stern will resign. Stern, president of one of the country’s biggest unions since 1996, reportedly plans to resign before the end of his term in 2012. So what’s really going on here?

Wake Me When SEIU’s “North Carolina First Party” Runs a Candidate

By: Friday April 9, 2010 6:40 am

Larry Kissell, one of the three North Carolina Dems who voted No on health care, has a primary challenger in Nancy Shakir, and this might be somewhere the NC First Party wants to go. But the primary is, um, next month, and right now NC First is in the “talking” and “figuring out what it wants to do” stage of development. It is virtually impossible for it to be a factor in the 2010 midterms.

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