SEIU president Stern to resign

Ben Smith broke the news yesterday at Politico: Andrew Stern is resigning as president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The SEIU has emerged as a central political player and has grown rapidly under Stern's tenure, and some close to him had expected him to resign during the first term of the president he helped elect, and after the achievement he'd spent years focusing on, widening access to health care. But he's also waged a series of bitter battles inside the labor movement, one of the nastiest of which turned in SEIU's favor with a California court ruling last week. Stern also won a victory when Obama named his union's lawyer, Craig Becker, to the National Labor Relations board over Republican objections in a recess appointment last month.

Stern, even without the union presidency, would remain on, among other things, the board of President Obama's deficit commission, to which he was appointed in February.

Change to Win executive director Anna Burger is widely viewed as Stern's heir apparent, and has been groomed for the post, though other union officials, including international executive vice presidents Mary Kay Henry and Gerald Hudson, are also sometimes mentioned.

Sam Stein reported at the Huffington Post,

Since his ascension to his current position, Stern was able to expand his union into a 2.2 million-member force. In the process, he became a major player on the political scene and a close ally of the Obama White House.

But those close to him say he wanted to tackle different, more personal activities at this stage in his career. The passage of health care reform presented a sound achievement from which to depart from his presidential post. And while he was currently in the process of launching a third-party initiative in North Carolina -- to challenge those House Democrats who voted against health care reform legislation -- he was also growing tired of the daily grind, a source close to Stern says. [...]

As is typical when powerful political figures abruptly leave their posts, Stern's departure has spurred speculation that he was compelled to leave by more than just a sense of proper timing. In an email statement sent to reporters on Monday evening, SEIU spokesperson Michelle Ringuette says, "Stern will address these rumors at the close of the SEIU Executive Committee meeting this week."

Your guess is as good as mine.

Tags: organized labor, SEIU, Andrew Stern, Andy Stern, Labor (all tags)

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9 Comments

Stern has been great

as has organized labor in general, the WFP in NY as well. I still cannot forgive ALL our Democratic leaders who threw ACORN under a bus. They brought millions of economically disadvantaged voters to the polls who voted heavily Democratic!

by politics64 2010-04-13 12:14PM | 0 recs
The great under reported story of the past year.

Acornophobia is rooted in race, i.e., poor people of color voting out the white male power structure.

We see many instances of just how racist America still is.

One instance is how the tea party and militia movement is reported in a largely objective manner. Could you imagine a group of people of color espousing violence? How would that be reported? Even though this is becoming less of a white male country every day, people are somehow far less afraid of white men taking up arms than minorities.

This is another instance. Acornophobia is so strong that many democrats who specifically owe their thanks to ACORN immediately jettisoned them for fear of being seen in collaboration with the mere possibility of (supposedly) illegitimate voters of color.

by NoFortunateSon 2010-04-13 04:06PM | 2 recs
RE: The great under reported story of the past year.

I'm assuming you've seen/heard about the uncut footage of James O'Keefe's "ACORN Pimp-bust" and how the video played on the news (mostly Fox) was edited to pieces in order to make it more incriminating right? 

by Chuckie Corra 2010-04-14 04:40AM | 0 recs
RE: The great under reported story of the past year.

Oh absolutely.

And why did no one ever think to question whether the footage was edited before they passed an illegal bill of attainder in the House? Because the meme of illegitimate minority voting is so strong, it overrules any speculation.

If I edited together a video to make it look like NASA officials were confessing that the moon landing was faked, the first thing people would have done is turn a critical eye to the footage and objected that the interview was cut in pieces.

The O'Keefe video is so laughably bad, and everyone wanted to believe so bad, we destroyed an otherwise innocent orginazation.

by NoFortunateSon 2010-04-14 12:29PM | 0 recs
RE: The great under reported story of the past year.

I was always skeptical of its legitimacy on the basis that he was dressed like an flamboyant stereotypical halloween-costume pimp. 

by Chuckie Corra 2010-04-14 01:52PM | 0 recs
RE: The great under reported story of the past year.

Everyone in politics and the media should have been skeptical.

But O'Keefe is a genius, and he knew that a lie that reinforces such a strong meme in society would be halfway around the world before the truth could catch up with it.

by NoFortunateSon 2010-04-14 02:29PM | 0 recs
RE: The great under reported story of the past year.

The media didn't cover it initially, even though the video was 'pimped' around. But then it was headlined up by Drudge and Faux and the rest of the media like lemmings jumped all over it.

And ACORN got hurt, but so what big deal! They only helped the poor and minorities... not exactly who the media are peddling their product to.

by vecky 2010-04-14 06:53PM | 0 recs
move

Probably just ready to move onto something different. He's pretty close the the WH, so a move there would not surprise me-- into the administration.

by Jerome Armstrong 2010-04-13 12:14PM | 0 recs
Supreme Court?

j/k. It is sad that such an effective leader will be stepping down.

by NoFortunateSon 2010-04-13 04:00PM | 1 recs

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