Wednesday, January 31, 2007

SEIU Illinois calls for city government that supports working people; 37 aldermanic candidates endorsed

Early voting starts next week and SEIU finally comes out with their endorsements. Here are the races where they take no sides,

SEIU made no endorsements in the following wards: 2, 5, 11, 17, 20, 25, 29, 34, 37, 43, 44, 46 and 50. The union also did not endorse in the mayoral or city treasurer races.
Considering Emma Mitt's high profile during the Big-Box debates, I find no comment in the 37th sort of startling.

As for the no comment on the mayoral race, I can't understand ducking a commitment there. Balanoff tells us,
"We need a city government that will be committed to raising the living standards for Chicago’s working people,” said Tom Balanoff, president of the SEIU Illinois Council. “That means living wages. That means affordable housing. That means good schools so that our children have the opportunity to succeed.”
I can't see how labor washing-it-hands of making the choice advances labor's cause. It doesn't fit the song I knew.
They say in Harlan County
There are no neutrals there.
You'll either be a union man
Or a thug for J. H. Blair.

CHORUS:
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
But maybe for today's labor movement, waffling around is ok. Pick no sides; pick no losers.

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