Thursday, November 06, 2003

Dean: Union Man III

Here's the official SEIU statement:

Statement of SEIU President Andrew L. Stern Re: SEIU’s Endorsement Decision WASHINGTON, DC – The following is a statement of Andrew L. Stern, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), regarding SEIU's endorsement process:

“Earlier today, the local leaders who comprise SEIU’s International Executive Board came together from across the country to decide whether the union should make an endorsement in the presidential race.

"During this meeting, the Board reviewed a large amount of information: candidate positions, national and local polls and surveys of members and leaders, straw votes conducted by dozens of locals, verbal and written feedback from members. And Howard Dean himself met with us and answered questions from the board.

"We have reached a decision, and we are hopeful that there are other unions who share our members’ excitement for Dr. Dean’s candidacy.

"Our decision is the result of a year-long process that began with – and ends with – our members. And it is because of that process that I know that the decision made here today is the right one.

“Gerald McEntee, President of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, has asked us to wait to announce the decision made here today until AFSCME’s board can meet. Therefore, we will announce our decision on Wed. November 12.

“I look forward to talking with our union brothers and sisters who are still going through their own decision-making process

It's in the bag as far as SEIU is concerned. Stern wouldn't agree to delaying the announcement if he didn't there was a good chance McEntee would get AFSCME to endorse as well.

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