Washington News Alerts - Jeri Thompson Releases Memo Showing SEIU Setting Senate Schedule on Becker Vote

Email Released by Jeri Thompson Raises Eyebrows

February 9th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—An email sent from a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) lobbyist to Democratic members of the U.S. Senate shows that the SEIU had advance knowledge of when key votes on Craig Becker were to be held. Becker is one of Barack Obama's nominees for the National Labor Relations Board.

The email was released by Jeri Thompson, co-host of the Fred Thompson Show.  She will be discussing it in detail on her show, which begins at 12PM.

Thompson described the email as "marching orders to the Senate HELP Committee, telling them what their schedule was going to be."

According to the email sent from Alison Reardon, legislative consultant for SEIU, "Your attendance at is crucial to appointing Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  Please attend Thursday's HELP Ex. Session to report out President Obama's nomination of Craig Becker for Senate confirmation."

The memo continues, "This is the highest priority for organized labor, and Majority Leader Reid will file Cloture on Friday 2/5, and has assured us that Senate will vote to end debate at 5 p.m. Monday 2/8."

The email also asks for Senators to confirm their attendance at the executive session of the HELP Committee.

Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson praised Thompson, saying, "Jeri Thompson has done the nation a great service by releasing this email, which clearly shows the SEIU setting the Senate's agenda.  This is unseemly."

ALG Research Director, Don Todd, said that the email shows that "The SEIU is setting the Senate agenda on the Becker confirmation.  She knew prior to the final committee vote when the vote on the floor was going to be.  Before the committee knew, before Senate Republicans knew."

"That is just unheard of," Todd added.

Robert Romano, Washington News Alert Bureau Chief, contributed to this report.