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SEIU to Cut Budget in Anticipation of Trump Assault on Labor

HeadlineJan 03, 2017

In labor news, one of the nation’s largest unions is preparing to slash its budget in expectation of an assault on organized labor under President Trump. In an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg Businessweek, Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry announced plans to cut spending by 30 percent by the end of next year. Henry wrote, “Because the far right will control all three branches of the federal government, we will face serious threats to the ability of working people to join together in unions. These threats require us to make tough decisions that allow us to resist these attacks and to fight forward despite dramatically reduced resources.” SEIU represents nearly 2 million workers in the U.S. and Canada. Its current budget of about $300 million funds organizing efforts like the Fight for 15 campaign to raise the minimum wage. Donald Trump’s pick to head the Labor Department, Andrew Puzder, is a fast-food executive, a member of an anti-union network and a vocal critic of increasing the minimum wage and other workplace protections.

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