A House Divided

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chicagosuntimeslogoSEIU Local 73 has filed a cease-and-desist request for SEIU Health Care to stop supporting Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s opponent because it violates a neutrality position the SEIU State Council adopted last year toward the race. At the same time, SEIU Local 1 is reexamining its neutrality claiming that the runoff election is a different election from the earlier one – and that the neutrality vote doesn’t apply to the runoff.

“I think what SEIU has to do is decide whether they’re going to stand by the principles of unionism that they purport to support or whether they’re going to allow renegade locals” to take matters into their own hands, Local 73 Secretary-Treasurer Matt Brandon told the Sun-Times on Monday.