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SEIU Rewrites History, Ignores Support for Blagojevich

Pat Hickey 31 January 2009 No Comment

Progress Illinois, SEIU’s Junior Commissar Mikey Mouse Club, is huffing and puffing about more grassroots reform now that Blago has been 86-ed by the State of Illinois.

In our latest feature article, Adam notes that Rod Blagojevich’s removal from office could clear the way for some far-reaching — and much-needed — campaign finance restrictions in Illinois. On WTTW’s Chicago Tonight yesterday, former state comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch echoed that sentiment. She highlighted the “window of opportunity” created by Blagojevich’s departure and cited caps on campaign contributions as “essential.” Watch it: Netsch’s observation that “it can’t just be legislators” pushing these sorts of reforms is very important. Grassroots and institutional support is going to be crucial. And to that point, I want to highlight the fact that SEIU Illinois (which sponsors this website) is itself pushing for strict restrictions on campaign contributions, which bodes well for the cause.

Oh Heavens Yes, Gracie! Josh, you are a dilly!

SEIU you will recall was mired deeply in Blago’s Honey-Dipping Governorship and SEIU figures in Federal Prosecutor Fitzgerald’s Criminal Complaint against the only Governor in Illinois History Impeached and Convicted by the Legislature.

Andy Stern’s SEIU will be there, to quote Tom Joad from Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath to troll for and make new Blago. Make no mistake.

Here is a lovely compilation of SEIU/Blago Bedroom Eyes from the World Socialist Website -published by International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI)them own selves!

In any event, Blagojevich and the SEIU have a lengthy and mutually beneficial relationship. The Wall Street Journal notes that the union “was an early and strong supporter of Mr. Blagojevich, backing him over several other candidates [for Illinois governor] in 2002.” As a condition of its support, the SEIU won a pledge from Blagojevich that once in office he would issue an executive order directing the state government to negotiate a union contract with home health-care workers.

Shortly after taking office, the new Illinois governor signed an order allowing as many as 20,000 such workers to unionize. They were signed up by the SEIU. Blagojevich also appointed Balanoff to the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, which approves hospital construction projects.

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