UPDATE: But the Sioux Falls City Employee Bonuses were NOT a political bribe

UPDATE: I guess the SF Police Union endorsed Poops also. This is no surprise that both unions endorsed him . . . they know who they will be negotiating with over the next 4 years and it would be a very bad political calculation to endorse one of his opponents when they know they are probably not going to win. But I would be curious how many of these city employees will either NOT vote (because they are not registered, don’t care or don’t live here) or will vote for one of his opponents. This is just political theatre and little else.

I know, I am as shocked as you . . . not!

The membership of Local 519 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has overwhelmingly voted to endorse Paul TenHaken for his re-election bid for Mayor of Sioux Falls.

During the Mayor’s tenure in office, he has prioritized the needs of the workers of the city of Sioux Falls, and the general membership of Local 519 believes that he will continue to put the needs of the hardworking public servants of the city at utmost priority.

Local 519 President Jason Ness said, “We have enjoyed a good working relationship with the Mayor’s office through many rounds of contract negotiations and we appreciate the Mayor’s desire to ensure that the employees of the city of Sioux Falls are paid appropriately and are treated with respect while they do the difficult work of keeping the city running.”

The labor movement is strong in Sioux Falls, and Local 519 looks forward to a continued healthy labor management relationship with Mayor TenHaken.



8 comments ↓

#1 NTNLIQ on 03.25.22 at 9:44 am

How does a union endorsement of the clear only real choice prove there was a bribe somewhere?

#2 The Guy From Guernsey on 03.25.22 at 10:02 am

LOL.
Thanks to Kooper Caraway for the assist, I guess.

#3 The Guy From Guernsey on 03.25.22 at 10:27 am

In and around Sioux Falls there exists a purplish-blue brand of ‘republicanism’, characterized by an unrelenting collection of tax proceeds in support of free-spending habits for things far-flung from the legitimate role of a municipal government.

After this very Blue achievement for the current most-prominent candidate from this group, is it too early to offer tribute to this group of chamber of commerce cronyists with a designation of their own?

I suggest that those of this free-spending ideology and who masquerade as ‘-R, Sioux Falls’ (or ‘-R, Wall Lake’ LOL) be referenced as ‘TenHaken Democrats’.

#4 Very Stable Genius on 03.25.22 at 11:47 am

Soon, a chicken sandwich is going to get 73% of the vote.

( and Woodstock adds: “It’s utterly amazing”…. “We’re holding a city election, but no one is talking about the new tax assessments”…. )

#5 D@ily Spin on 03.25.22 at 12:14 pm

Isn’t it obvious employee raises and Union endorsement coincide? It’s troubling when public money is used for an election campaign. Oh well, 4 more years of unethical criminal insignificance.

#6 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 03.25.22 at 12:22 pm

The unions liked Tricky Dick back in ’72 as well. AND, Tricky Dick had a toolbox, too. But who is the new Donald Segretti? By today’s standards, Dick was also blue like with the EPA and wanting national health insurance. You know, there are union and non union plumbers and Dick even had his own. Do we have some “plumbers” now?…. If you know what I mean….

#7 D@ily Spin on 03.25.22 at 3:11 pm

The city payroll (especially directors) must increase. Russian caviar has gotten expensive.

#8 Further Fear & Loathing on 03.26.22 at 10:14 am

It’s too bad that we don’t have a Russian sister city right now, because the Oligarchs could then take safe haven here to be closer to their trust money. Then maybe also “someday” one of them could complete the Village on the River project. AND, would Taupeville be nice enough for them, however, or would they prefer a multi-bedroom condo in the downtown area?

Do Russians like to wash their cars? That could be a determining factor, too. But don’t they tend to accept slush and rust as true Moscovites?

Our City Council would be right up their alley as well. Like the Russian Army, our council can’t think for their own and they take orders from above. Take out the generals, however, and you are left with chaos, misdirection, and incompletion like the Bunker Rump. No, wait a minute, that was done with generals in charge. Maybe the Russians would be better at it.

The whole idea of “Redlines” would be right of the Russians alley, too.

What does this all have to do with city employees and pay raises. Well, if you keep the party liners happy, then you stay in power. But if something (someday?) happens to our generals, then things could even get worse, which is hard to believe.

#Developers&GeneralsWhatsTheDifference? #DoRussiansLikeChicken? #WhyDoYouThinkSilverStarHasARedStar?
#TruckerHatsWithMoscoviteEarflaps