Two labor sources tell Politico that the giant Service Employees International Union, which has been neutral through the primary, is on the verge of throwing its support to Sen. Barack Obama.SEIU WEBSITE:
"It's done," said one person close to the union.
SEIU spokeswoman Stephanie Mueller confirmed that union leaders are set to discuss a potential endorsement today.
"Our board is going to be talking this evening," she said. "This will be a topic of their conversation."
An endorsement will be particularly important in beefing up his organization in Texas, where the union has a major presence among Latinos. (The Wisconsin SEIU has already endorsed Obama, and his Chicago allies are active there.)
Many SEIU leaders had backed Edwards before he dropped out, but giant New York- and Chicago-based locals blocked an endorsement. Now, with Chicago pushing hard for Obama and joined by much of the rest of the union's national organization, insiders said a tipping point appears to have been reached.
SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America. Focused on uniting workers in three sectors to improve their lives and the services they provide, SEIU is:
» The largest health care union, with 900,000 members in the field, including nurses, LPNs, doctors, lab technicians, nursing home workers, home care workers
» The largest property services union, with 225,000 members in the building cleaning and security industries, including janitors, door men and women
» The second largest public services union, with 850,000 local and state government workers, public school employees, bus drivers, and child care providers.
THE ASTUTE BLOGGER TWO WEEKS AGO WEEK:
- THEY COULD'VE LIVED WITH ANY OF THE THREE LEADING DEM CANDIDATES: ALL PROMISED TO EXPAND THE GOVERNMENT'S ROLE IN HEALTHCARE AND THEREFORE DIRECTLY BRING THEM RICHES.
- OBAMA IS PROMISING THEM THE MOST - WITH EXPANSION OF TAX-PAYER FINANCED HEALTHCARE AND HIS "GREEN CORPS".
- IT'S A QUID PRO QUO PAYOFF TO THE DEMOCRAT/UNION MACHINE - TYPIFIED BY THE CHICAGO MACHINE WHICH ANOINTED OBAMA.
We must stop them.
- THE OBAMA-REZKO RELATIONSHIP SPEAKS VOLUMES - ABOUT OBAMA.
- AND IT EXPLAINS WHY AND HOW OBAMA ROSE SO QUICKLY THROUGH CITY AND THEN STATE POLITICS AND INTO THE SENATE.
- AND IT EXPLAINS WHY TED KENNEDY IS SO ENTHUSIASTICALLY SUPPORTING HIM
- IT'S NOT JUST CLINTON-FATIGUE, OR CLINTON HATRED.
- IT'S THE OL'TIME CORRUPT, ELECTION-STEALING, PATRONAGE JOB-GIVING CHICAGO DEMOCRAT PARTY MACHINE, FEELING YOUNG AGAIN - FEELING WELL-OILED, AND EAGER TO GET CONTROL OF THE WHITE HOUSE SO THEY CAN:
Can you imagine what will happen if PRESIDENT OBAMA signs a nationalized healthcare plan bill passed by HARRY REID and NANCY PELOSI!?!?
- GET CONTROL OF FEDERAL PATRONAGE,
- GET CONTROL OF THE POWER TO INCREASE FEDERAL UNION WAGES,
- AND - AS TEDDY BELLOWED SO LOUDLY DURING HIS ENDORSEMENT SPEECH -
- GET THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO CREATE THE GREAT-GRANDMOTHER OF ALL FEDERAL TEAT-SUCKING PATRONAGE PROGRAMS OF ALL TIMES: NATIONAL HEALTHCARE.
It'll probably be run by a Kennedy and a Daley - for their benefit and the benefit of and their SEIU/AFSCME cronies.