7/19/07

SEIU taking over in Ohio

In the past four years, the SEIU in Ohio has grown by about 5,000 members. Local 1199 has about 27,000 members, including roughly 15,000 health care workers in the private sector. Most of the rank and file come from Ohio, although about 2,000 members are from West Virginia and Kentucky. Included in the membership rolls is an affiliate, SEIU Local 3, based in Cleveland.

Growing political clout: Political action committees for SEIU 1199 and other SEIU units have given large donations to statewide and legislative candidates in Ohio. In 2006, the PACs gave $134,800 to Ted Strickland as well as about $1.6 million to the Ohio Democratic Party.

(cleveland.com)

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