Friday, April 23, 2010

Dealing a blow to Andy Stern's legacy, SEIU locals line up behind Burger challenger

For the last week, we've been posting on the Purple Palace Coup taking place within the walls of the SEIU.

New York's 1199 to Back Burger Challenger

The Politico's Ben Smith is reporting this morning that the Queen of Labor's Anna Burger may lose her bid to take Andy Stern's place at the throne of America's most-politically active union.  Her challenger, Mary Kay Henry, is likely to receive the endorsement of New York's 300,000-member 1199.

If this endorsement comes as expected, and with Mary Kay Henry already securing two out of three large Canadian locals, as well as the expectation of an endorsement of her own California local's executive board, Stern's plans to seat Anna Burger are very much in jeopardy.

Ironically, Politico's Smith notes:
The election is, in traditional political terms, a choice between Burger's promise of continuity and Henry's promise of change, and change appears to have the upper hand.


The expected move by 1199's executive board, however, shifts the largest single piece of the SEIU behind Henry, who is expected also to have the support of her own large California union, and has the backing of several other prominent national SEIU leaders, though one giant local, based in Chicago, has yet to weigh in.

Henry "has 1199. That puts her on the brink. Anna still has a very narrow path," said a source close to 1199. [Emphasis added.]

As the next president of the SEIU impacts not only the future of the labor movement, but of the nation as well, we'll keep posting on these developments.

Check back here for updates.
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