2.16.2008

1.9 Million Member SEIU Endorses Obama

The 1.9 million member Service Employees International Union has endorsed Senator Barack Obama for president.

Led by American Labor's most progressive union crusaders, Andy Stern and Boricua Dennis Rivera, SEIU believes that Obama is the best choice to help achieve "economic justice, quality, affordable healthcare for every American, the freedom for workers to unite in unions, and an end to the Iraq war.

Additionally, SEIU members are supporting Obama with an aggressive political effort. With more than 150,000 members in the upcoming primary states, including Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Texas, SEIU is mobilizing thousands to go door-to-door, work the phones, and will send mail about their support for Obama. SEIU also will have a substantial presence on television and radio in every critical state.

“This is about more than one election. It’s about building for the next generation of America. Barack Obama is creating the broadest and deepest coalition of voters we’ve ever seen.” Andy Stern, SEIU President
Obama was also endorsed this week by the United Food and Commercial Workers, a politically active union 69,000 members in Ohio and another 26,000 in Texas. The food workers also have 19,000 members in Wisconsin, which holds a primary Tuesday.

Photo: Dennis Rivera
BTW: American Taino's father was a member of 1199.