November 23, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel
The 2-million-member Service Employees International Union endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination Nov. 17. The move means the former Secretary of State has won the backing of five of the nation’s ten largest labor unions. SEIU leaders “collectively agreed that the best choice for our union was to endorse Clinton,” said union President Mary Kay Henry.
Clinton is “willing to use executive authority to change the lives of working people who are working their hearts out in poverty jobs,” she added, and the leadership also considered “who can win in a general election.” Some SEIU members, including Local 503 in Oregon, argued for holding off on an endorsement until after the primaries. Clinton has not endorsed the SEIU-backed “Fight for $15” campaign; she supports raising the national minimum wage to $12 an hour. Read more