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A Smoking Gun. Is the SEIU in Control of Senate Democrats’ Agenda?

As the smoke clears on the bi-partisan blockage of SEIU-radical attorney Craig Becker to a seat on the “independent” National Labor Relations Board, an e-mail sent from a SEIU staffer to Senators on February 3rd is worthy of closer examination as it reveals just how much control the purple behemoth of a union has over the Democrats in Washington.

Last week’s e-mail was sent from an SEIU “legislative consultant,” Alison Reardon who, according to the SEIU’s financial reports, spends 100% of her time on “political activities and lobbying.” 

In other words, Ms. Reardon is a lobbyist representing a powerful special interest–the SEIU–in trying to get one of her colleagues confirmed on a federal agency that has jurisdiction over nearly every private-sector workplace in America.

What is surprising about the e-mail is the controlling tone she takes with the senators, as well as the information she divulges.  Or, rather, the source of her information, the Senate Majority Leader himself, Harry Reid.

From: Alison Reardon [mailto:alison.reardon@seiu.org]
Sent: Wednesday, February 03, 2010 4:29 PM

Subject: HELP Ex Session 10:00 am 2/4

Senator,

Your attendance is crucial to appointing Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board(NLRB) Please attend Thursday’s HELP Ex Session to report out President Obama’s nomination of Craig Becker for Senate confirmation. This is the highest prionty for organized labor, and Majority Leader Reid will file Cloture on Friday 2/5, and has assured us that Senate will vote to end debate at 5 p m Monday 2/8.

Please contact me if you have any questions, and to confirm Senator’s attendance on Thursday, at 10 00 a.m  [Emphasis added.]

Alison Reardon
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Legislative Consultant

202.330.1020 (c)

Again, this is a lobbyist who is lobbying to get a colleague seated as one of five members of a federal agency that has jurisdiction over nearly every private-sector workplace in America.

What is wrong with this picture?

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