Service Employees International Union's Texas Coordinator on "The Truth About Tom Leppert"

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From an SEIU newletter
Really. Who knew?

Who knew that Ron Natinsky's early-morning jab at Mike Rawlings over his union endorsements would become The Issue of the Day? Surely not Tom Leppert, who wound up having his spokesman comment on the matter once Rawlings made it clear that, hey, he didn't do nothing Leppert didn't do when he ran for Dallas mayor -- that is to say, seek the endorsement of the Service Employees International Union and Workers United. As Shawn McCoy put it, Leppert "believes workers have a right to join a union if they choose, but more importantly, Tom has actively campaigned for workers' essential right to choose not join a union if they don't want to by expanding Right to Work."

It's that response that got the attention of Shannon Perez, SEIU's political coordinator in Texas, who just sent an email with the subject header "The Truth About Tom Leppert" that includes a handful of handouts in which Leppert's seen wearing an SEIU T-shirt and meeting with Water Department employees when they were considering forming their own union. (Also attending that meeting: current Mayor Dwaine Caraway, who, of course, is supporting Ron Natinsky for mayor. In case you forgot.)

The package also included a letter to state Sen. Royce West sent on March 27, 2009, in which Leppert wrote of his support for West's SB 1450, which called for allowing city employees to collectively bargain with City Hall honchos about "wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment." All those docs follow, as does
Perez's "truth about Tom Leppert," which concludes, "Liar, liar, pants on fire!" Jump, but, as always, look for the union label.

This is what Perez sent this afternoon, in full:
"The Republican primary voters of the state of Texas need to know the truth about Tom Leppert.

When he first ran for Mayor, as a moderate and a supporter of working men and women, he was pro-SEIU, pro-public employees organizing, pro-collective bargaining.

So committed to these ideals was Tom, that he vigorously pursued SEIU's endorsement.

So committed to these ideals was Tom, that he came to our union organizing launch in the Water Department -- encouraging folks to join SEIU.

So committed to these ideals was Tom, he frequently threw on an SEIU T-shirt and came to our union hall.

So committed to these ideals was Tom, that he wrote a letter of support to Senator West and testified in favor of SEIU members getting a form of collective bargaining.

Tom even signed an SEIU membership card!

Now, that Tom wants to compete in a Republican primary, he has renounced his support of unions and even has the gall to declare he "has expanded the Right to Work."

Liar, liar, pants on fire! Republican primary voters should be wary of Tom, his "ideals" take a back seat to his political ambition."
Leppert for Meet and ConferLeppert in SEIU T-Shirt in NewsletterLeppert in SEIU T-Shirt Signing Union CardLeppert at Water Department Membership Launch

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11 comments
Jeremy
Jeremy

Enjoy dealing with the SEIU thugs. You get what you pay for. If you need any reference, look at the scams this union thug orinanization does in new Orleans. If the unions bury themselves in Dallas, kiss your Texas good bye

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you, to discover a politician will play a group in hopes of gathering a block of voters. Oh what has the world come to.........

Come on children, this is the way the world works. The leaders of the union care for their members in the same manner the mayor cares for his voting groups; What can you do for me and how much is in it for me.

Salladays
Salladays

Regarding labor, capitalism will naturally seek the weakest exploitable labor resource (and give that resource the spin title of Right to Work). Capital has achieved a global reach much faster than labor's organization. Money basically flows faster than ideas. Capital will always be able to promote the illusion that organized labor is a bad thing, until all labor is organized. That's why the old labor movement was called the International, a goal it aspired to but failed to achieve thus far. But if capital is the hare, labor is surely the tortoise, and the world is not infinite territory.

dertymindz
dertymindz

I'm Pro-Union, Pro-Dallas, and Leppert.....screw him.

Barryb
Barryb

Not one of those docs above shows that Leppert endorsed them or sought their endorsement.

"Tom Leppert To Address Water Department Employees' Concerns" yeah...that screams endorsement.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Shawn McCoy, spokesman for Leppert's Senate campaign, writes in response: "No one questions whether Tom pursued the endorsement of city employees -- of course he wants their support as the city's Mayor -- and Tom has often met with organizations with whom he disagrees. Tom has never wavered from his opposition to forced collective bargaining and he remains a strong proponent of Right to Work."

Guest
Guest

The fact that he took the time to write a letter to State Sen. West to support a bill that would change the law to let city employees collectively bargain sounds to me like he supported their cause.

Such a law would be a huge gain for local public service employee unions.

sperez
sperez

There is more to come Barry B. Stay tuned.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Why is he wearing a union shirt in two of those photos? Isn't the whole purpose of a politician wearing a shirt like that to show that he supports/endorses the cause?

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

So essentially he was saying to them, "I don't support the things that are important to you, and I'll actively try to screw you out of them if I get the chance, but I sure would like your vote"? Heckuva campaign slogan.

Guest
Guest

"Tom has never wavered from his opposition...."

He means that Leppert has never wavered from his position since he changed it the last time.

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