SEIU to Member & Candidate; Stay Home!
Senate Candidate Mike Forest Press Release
SEIU is having a picnic on Sept. 6th and did not invite as a Candidate a 20+ year SEIU Member in good standing – Mike Forest. Mr. Forest is a candidate for state senate in dist. #11. Mr. Forest is an Employee of the State of Oregon in the Financial Services Division at Oregon Department of Agriculture. Mr. Forest has not been endorsed and has not received a campaign contribution from his own Union. Mr. Forest does not recall ever being asked to receive either from his Union.However Peter Courtney, who is not a member of SEIU, is invited as a Candidate.This further magnifies the question, is SEIU a Labor Union or a Political Union?
All members who are officially a Candidate for Public Office should never be excluded from their free speech rights. A Labor Union should always invite and support any fellow Brother or Sister to their events.
Will Mr. Forest make an appearance at the SEIU picnic anyhow?
Other Candidates invited include;
Candidate for Marion Co. Commissioner – Jason Frielinger
Candidate for Governor – John Kitzhaber
Senator Ron Wyden
Congressman Kurt Schrader