A Blagojevich-SEIU connection?

by Ivan Osorio on December 9, 2008 · 6 comments

in Economy, Features, Politics as Usual

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andrew Stern is not known for being shy about his ambitions. Since taking his union out of the AFL-CIO and forming the new Change to Win federation in 2005, he has sought to assert his union’s influence over private equity firms, centralize his authority within the union by forcing various locals to merge, and negotiate large deals with employers without member participation. Now, however, it is worth asking who is really in charge at SEIU.

Amidst all this power grabbing, things seem to have gone awry. The arrest this morning of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris, for allegedly seeking to essentially sell the appointment to the Senate seat about to be vacated by President-elect Barack Obama, involves a tangled web of conversations between Blagojevich and other politicians and SEIU officials. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that on November 7:

[I]in a three-way call with Harris and Advisor B, a consultant in Washington, Blagojevich and the others allegedly discussed the prospect of a three-way deal for the Senate appointment involving an organization called “Change to Win,” which is affiliated with various unions including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

While no one at SEIU has been charged, the union’s less-than-stellar record in handling corruption within its own ranks should be cause for concern.

Lisa O December 12, 2008 at 5:57 pm

This governor gives me an idea on what’s going on with politics nowadays. Politics just keeps getting dirtier and dirtier, especially in Illinois. Bad morals will eventually catch up with you. It was payday for Rod Blagojevich who along with his chief of staff John Harris was arrested Tuesday morning on several charges by the FBI. I was shocked to hear that Governor Rod Blagojevich had been arrested, as this is the second time in a row that an Illinois governor has been arrested on federal charges. The governor who preceded him was George Ryan who was indicted on federal charges as well. Blagojevich was apparently trying to sell the senate seat being vacated by president elect Barack Obama who resigned from the senate after he won the November 4th election. Apparently, according to Illinois state law, it is the governor's job to fill the seat and governor Blagojevich saw the opportunity to use his power to leverage some additional amenities for himself. According to the news, Blagojevich was hoping to get a substantially higher salary, a position on the board for his wife, a cabinet post and more in exchange for his choice of a senate replacement. Looks like the governor got a little greedy. The FBI apparently has been on to him for a while as they filed a seventy six-page indictment against both Blagojevich and Harris. It was reported that a court ordered wiretap got him on tape last month. The Residents of Illinois will have to wait patiently for the outcome as the governor professed that everything he has said, both in public and in private, has always been lawful. Hopes are high but times look tough for both Blagojevich and his cohort John Harris, as they might not get to see their next payday in office. If this happen there’s nothing to worry, payday loans offers a lot of opportunity to help them. Click to read more on Blagojevich courtesy of Personal Money Store's <a title="Read more about Rod Blagojevich Payday Office" rev="vote-for" href="http://personalmoneystore.com/moneyblog/2008/12/09/rod-blagojevich-payday-office/&quot; rel="nofollow">Payday Loan News.

Donovan L. December 18, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich may have seen his last payday in office – he’ll be lucky if he could even get a payday loan. However, it looks like he isn’t the only politician that’s been accused of being drunk with power. A member of one of the leading parties in Australia’s parliament was forced to resign his post in the wake of a scandal where he roughed up a female colleague after a Christmas party where he had become intoxicated, and after several other officials in Australia have been ousted out of their official seats for drinking related offenses, the issue was put in perspective. However, the public seems to agree with the idea. Public transportation operators believe that those who create the laws that govern should do so soberly, as they have to operate trains and buses soberly, in order for public safety. Of course, politicians worldwide enjoy a few swigs here and there, and many of them responsibly, but all should be careful. When it comes to your personal financial grounds, leave out the booze. You can soberly look into payday loans if your budget goes temporarily dry.

Johny January 1, 2009 at 2:58 am

It is a cause of concern, but come to think of it … corruption is been arround for some time now, isnt it ?

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