In addition to the local Iowa SEIU, nine other [state] local chapters will endorse Edwards, including California, which has more than 600,000-members, at an event in Iowa City later today, according to Democratic sources with knowledge of the endorsements. The others will be Washington (103,000 members), Michigan (70,000 members), Idaho (400 members), Montana (500 members), Minnesota (28,000 members), Ohio (22,000 members), West Virginia (4,000 members) and Oregon (46,000 members)
Consider this, Edwards has the Michigan SEIU, Steelworkers, and UMW working for him in Michigan, where the candidates will not campaign. He also was due to walk the picket line with the UAW strike recently.
At 5:30pm Monday ET in Iowa city, John Edwards will get SEIU-Iowa nod and the endorsement of other state affiliates, according to multiple sources. The endorsement, which the Edwards campaign refused to comment on, is key because it means that SEIU members and resources from other state organizations that endorse Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama (think Illinois and New York SEIU chapters) cannot help their respective Iowa campaigns, according to SEIU rules.
This is more than just the endorsement of several states (CA is supposed to endorse him as well), it is important because of what it means for "boots on the ground" in those states. Note this important sentence:
it means that SEIU members and resources from other state organizations...cannot help their respective Iowa campaigns, according to SEIU rules.
That means the major labor organization will be doing grassroots work ONLY for Edwards in Iowa, California, and other states. Plus, the converse is trued, California SEIU gets to send ALL their members over the mountains and into Iowa for grassroots activism on the behalf of John Edwards and ONLY John Edwards. The streets will belong to John Edwards in Iowa and California.
If he gets the nod from Nevada, this is huge. Forget the spending limits, none of these groups activities will be counted against the caps. Add to that the UAW and UMWA who have "reendorsed" him after he took public money and I think this is good news.