Via www.capitalnewyork.com: 1199 SEIU Ends Long-Time Deal With Senate Republicans
(ALBANY) - For the First Time in More Than a Decade, New York State Senate Republicans Are Not Getting Any Money From 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East - the State's Powerful Health Care Workers' Union - at Election Time.
“We Won’t be Giving ‘Any’ Money to the Republicans,” 1199 SEIU’s Political Director Kevin Finnegan Told capitalnewyork.com. “We Haven’t Since the Last Election Cycle. We Normally Don’t Endorse or Make Contributions Until After the Session’s Over, but We’re Definitely ‘on Board’ With a Democratic-Coordinated Effort to Take Back the Senate.”
1199 SEIU is One of a Handful of Labor Groups, Including the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the Retail Wholesale & Department Store Workers (RWDSW) and the Hotel Trades Council That Have Agreed to Form a Coalition - Along With Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and Members Of The Working Families Party (WFP) - to Help Democrats Take Control of the Senate, Which The Republicans Have Controlled for All But Two of the Last 50 Years.
Cuomo Committed to Helping Democrats as Part of the Multi-Varied Terms of His Recent Endorsement Deal With the WFP. The Governor and the Union Coalition Will Pool Resources and Create a $10 Million Fund to Spend on Democratic Senate Races.
1199 SEIU’s Finnegan said the Union Would Not Rule Out Endorsing Some Republican Senators in Individual Races, but said Such an Endorsement Would be Unlikely in Districts With Competitive Two-Party Races. “I Don’t Know of Any Races That are Competitive Where We Would be Supporting a Republican,” he said.
That Decision Represents a Sea Change in How 1199 SEIU Wields its Influence in the New York State Senate. For More Than a Decade, the Union Has Been One of the Senate GOP’s Most Important Allies.
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