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Friday, August 29, 2003


Good News on the Labor Front

posted by Matt Singer at Friday, August 29, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Kos has some good news on the labor front. He thinks it is possible that the SEIU would endorse Dean. The SEIU is the largest, most diverse union in the country. And they're organizing like crazy. He also raises the possibility of a CWA endorsement of Dean and an AFSCME endorsement of Kerry (although that gets talked up a little less).

These events would be huge, not just because of what the SEIU and CWA could to help Dean's campaign, but because it would remove the spected of the AFL-CIO endorsing Gephardt in October.

In addition, such an endorsement would be a powerful signal that Dean can unite the party. These unions are diverse and if they're willing to join the Dean movement, it would be yet another sign that Dean is the candidate who can take the Dems to victory next year.


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