SEIU To Take Up Immigration

By Daisy Hernandez May 11, 2010

With the health care win behind them, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest growing union in the country, is now turning its sights on immigration, according to The Ballot Box, one of The Hill’s blogs. Javier Morillo, SEIU’s union immigration campaign director: "We are stepping up our immigration reform efforts as a union-wide national campaign the same way we did for healthcare." The union, which has more than two million members, announced last Thursday that it was joining the boycott against Arizona. In a press release SEIU Executive VP Eliseo Medina said: "We are sending a clear message that working families want serious solutions to our immigration problems–not frivolous policies that undermine public safety, waste millions of taxpayer funds, and imperil our most basic civil rights." The news comes as the union swore in its new president Mary Kay Henry over the weekend. Henry has told several media outlets that she’s going to pour more money and union efforts into the midterm elections and into organizing the likes of taxi drivers and freelance writers.