Friday, December 30, 2016

SEIU Later

Another casualty of the Trump Era:
Over the three-and-a-half year battle, the SEIU was reported to have spent over $30 million in support of “Fight for $15” and to unionize low-wage workers during the campaign. After gaining the endorsement and donations of the SEIU, Democrat Hillary Clinton in August 2015 committed to signing a $15 minimum wage if elected president. Given the reported polling by the media, SEIU thought they had accomplished their national goal.

But President-elect Donald Trump’s win came as a shock to the SEIU. Bracing for lean times during and a continuing populist revolt against big government, Bloomberg Businessweek reported that according to an SEIU internal memo, the union is planning for a 30 percent budget for 2017.

Blaming the coming Republican control of all three branches of the federal government and the need for the SEIU to re-evaluate its strategy, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry wrote in the December 14 internal staff memo: “These threats require us to make tough decisions that allow us to resist these attacks and to fight forward despite dramatically reduced resources.” She warned that the union “must plan for a 30% reduction” in budget by Jan. 1, 2018, including a 10 percent cut beginning January 1.
Folding ahead of schedule?

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