As we all know, Andy Stern is no longer president of the SEIU (Service Employees International Union); one of, if not THE most politically important union in America. On Saturday, May 8, 2010 a new president was named. Mary Kay Henry was elected by the union’s internation executive board in an uncontested election when her opponent, Andy Stern’s hand picked replacement, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger bowed out.
According to The Hill May 12:
The new president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) said Tuesday that her group will not support Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) even if she wins her contested primary race next week.
Mary Kay Henry, elected on Saturday by the union’s international executive board, said her union members will back candidates not based on their party label but on their positions on “working people’s issues.”
“Our belief is Blanche Lincoln has been on the side of Wall Street and insurance companies and that she does not stand to protect and defend working people,” Henry said. In turn, SEIU and other labor groups have gotten behind Lincoln’s Democratic primary opponent, Bill Halter.
However, it should be noted that when Ms. Henry was asked that if Halter was to lose in the primary to Lincoln, would the SEIU then support her, Henry answered with a succinct “no”.
The Hill goes on to report:
Her response is reflective of a new, more aggressive tack by SEIU that has left an increasing number of Democratic candidates targets of the politically powerful union. On Tuesday, SEIU released an ad accusing Lincoln of siding with insurance companies during the healthcare reform debate, part of a $1 million independent expenditure campaign in Arkansas alone.
Henry said the effort against Lincoln and other Democrats was a continuation of SEIU’s long-held belief that politicians of both parties must be judged on their support of workers’ rights, including letting people organize into unions.
Actually, this is only a minor issue the SEIU is targeting. They have big plans. BIG PLANS. They are looking at the Health Care industry now that the Healthcare reform bill has been passed. Also, Immigration reform is a big ticket item for them now. The SEIU is looking to get their hooks into virtually every aspect of American life.
Henry said her three priorities would be renewing SEIU’s commitment to union organizing, refocusing the group’s political programs at the national and grassroots levels to work together and restoring its relationships with the rest of the labor movement.
The new SEIU president said she wants to continue the union’s organizing efforts in the healthcare and property service sectors — such as security guards and janitors — and is working on launching a new union of early education professionals. With a heavy SEIU presence on the coasts, Henry said she will invest more to expand the union’s membership in the Midwest and Southwest.
With the healthcare reform bill now signed into law, Henry said the union’s top legislative priority is moving comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
Calling SEIU a “union of immigrants,” Henry said passing immigration reform would boost the economy by allowing more people to contribute to the U.S. economy and stop exploitation of immigrant workers by employers. In addition, Arizona’s new immigration law, which requires that police question anyone they suspect may be in the state illegally, has lit a fire with union members.
The SEIU was a very dangerous entity under Andy Stern. Mainly due to his friendship with Barack Hussein Obama (mmm mmm mmm). I think it is highly possible that ‘we ain’t seen nothin’ yet’. Mary Kay Henry is a woman with a mission and America be damned, she WILL see it through.
Hark! Is that a goose step I hear in the distance?