WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Service Employees International Union — one of the largest and most influential labor organizations allied with the Democratic party — will be supporting Hillary Clinton, John Edwards or Barack Obama, the group announced Wednesday.
The SEIU executive board plans to meet with strategists from the Clinton, Edwards and Obama campaigns on Monday in Chicago. SEIU President Andy Stern said the union is satisfied with all of their health care reform plans, and is now in the process of deciding who is most capable of winning next November.
"We think these three candidates demonstrated they clearly stand on the [right side of the] issues that are important to us," Stern said. "And now [we] want to dig down on who is in the best position to win."
An SEIU spokeswoman said the union has not decided when it will make its final decision. The union has about 1.9 million members nationwide.
The SEIU endorsed current DNC Chairman Howard Dean's presidential bid in 2003.
- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
These 3 candidates stand on the right side of the issue?
You mean like supporting NAFTA which exports jobs? (Hillary likes it, Edwards/Obama say "amend it don't end it")
Or perhaps their stance on granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants take potential jobs from LEGAL workers?
Considering the SEIU has NEVER endorsed a Republican running for President, why should anyone be surprised at the final list for possible endorsement?
I understand why they have to pick the person who they believe will win in November. As ridiculous as I make it sound don't you think whoever you endorse based on who best keeps your interest at heart, people will take notice and you may never they can be elected in November.
I'm on the edge of my seat...and ready to shout "WHO CARES!!" unions had a place in our culture...no longer
Call me crazy, I thought an endorsement was actually an active way to attempt to help a specific candidate, not just a passive wager on which horse you think will win.