[Updated w/ video] News on the SEIU: New President Differs in Style, But Not Aggression
Although it was a mere formality, Mary Kay Henry’s ascendancy to the top of the union food chain became official on Saturday. The replacement for Andy Stern as the president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was chosen because she is thought to be different. However, if anyone thought there might be some labor peace with the changing of the guard at the SEIU, they were | Read More »
Changing America Forever: Behind the AFL-CIO’s Push for Financial Reform
With outgoing SEIU president Andy Stern having forever changed America through the nationalization of health care, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka is picking up where Andy is leaving off As President Obama goes out on the road to use his bully-pulpit to push financial reform, the AFL-CIO staged a major march on Wall Street yesterday. However, as with nearly every union grassroots astroturf effort, there is | Read More »
SEIU’s Andy Stern got a new gig…
The soon-departing SEIU boss, Andy Stern, has a new gig. A press release by Leading Authorities, Inc. (“the nation’s most progressive event design firm”) earlier this afternoon states the following: Leading Authorities, Inc. has signed Andrew (Andy) L. Stern, the former president of the 2.2 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union in North America. Stern turned SEIU into a powerful political force, | Read More »
SEIU’s Anna Burger Bows Out of Bid to Replace Andy Stern
Departing union boss Andy Stern’s hand-picked successor Anna Burger has dropped her bid to replace her purple partner as president of the SEIU, making the uncontested Mary Kay Henry the all-but-certain next International President of the purple behemoth known as the Service Employees International Union. Anna Burger, the union’s secretary-treasurer, stated in a letter to the union’s executive board that she would support the election of Mary Kay Henry. | Read More »
Collective Sacrifice: Why would unions want to destroy millions of jobs?
For the past five years, our efforts have been to awaken the American people to the devastating consequences of a job-destroying bill misleadingly named the Employee Free Choice Act (or EFCA, for short). As the bill that just won’t quite die a deserved ignominious death, unions and their Democrat pols know that 2010 might be the last time they have an even slim chance for bringing it | Read More »
‘It’s Done.’ SEIU’s new president is…
In what can only be described as a nationwide repudiation of Andy Stern and his divisiveness within the Service Employees International Union, as well as with other labor unions, a majority of large SEIU locals chose to reject Andy Stern’s hand-picked successor, Anna Burger, and elected California SEIU leader Mary Kay Henry as the next SEIU International President. Key locals in New York, Los Angeles, | Read More »
Dealing a blow to Andy Stern’s legacy, SEIU locals line up behind Burger challenger
For the last week, we’ve been posting on the Purple Palace Coup taking place within the walls of the SEIU. New York’s 1199 to Back Burger Challenger The Politico’s Ben Smith is reporting this morning that the Queen of Labor’s Anna Burger may lose her bid to take Andy Stern’s place at the throne of America’s most-politically active union. Her challenger, Mary Kay Henry, is | Read More »
So. SEIU’s Andy Stern leaving, or pushed out?
I mean, I’d push him out for this: SEIU has seen its liabilities skyrocket during the past decade. The union’s liabilities totaled $7,625,832 in 2000. By 2009, they had increased almost by a factor of 16, to $120,893,259. Meanwhile, SEIU’s assets barely tripled, growing from $66,632,631 in 2000 to $187,664,763 in 2009. A significant portion of SEIU’s current assets are from IOUs from hard-up locals. | Read More »
Perplexed: Is the SEIU’s Sodexho Video Supposed to be Inspiring?
UPDATE: THE TITLE OF THIS POST SHOULD READ: SEIU VIDEO MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARS because, since this was posted earlier, the SEIU has apparently taken the video down from their site and YouTube which is why there is a big blank spot of white down below. [Note: The HTML embed is still there, so maybe the video will magically reappear] UPDATE #2: They’re Baaack! ————————– Last week, | Read More »
Is Blago blowback the reason why SEIU’s Andy Stern resigned?
Geez! The never-ending story of fallen-from-grace governor Rod Blagojevich seems to be…well…never-ending. You may recall, Blago was the Illinois governor who allegedly was trying to sell the Senate seat of president-elect Obama in 2008. Well, lo and behold, Blago’s defense attorneys subpoenaed the President today and, according to this, there could some blowback on retiring SEIU boss Andy Stern. Today in United States v. Rod | Read More »
CORRECTION: Danny Glover Arrested as Andy Stern looks on…
Andy’s not quite gone yet… CORRECTION: After posting this earlier today (see below), a the Maryland Gazette is reporting that Andy Stern was also arrested with Danny Glover. Along with Glover, a longtime union-booster, Montgomery County police arrested SEIU President Andrew Stern, who earlier this week announced he will be stepping down from his post after 14 years, and Mitch Ackerman, SEIU’s executive vice president. | Read More »
The Exit Interview: Andy Stern changed America forever…and he’s bored.
“There’s a time to learn, a time to lead, and then there’s a time to leave. And shortly, it will be my time to retire… and end my SEIU journey.” Andy Stern, April 14, 2010 For the last few days, we (along with many others) have been wondering, why is Andy Stern walking out on the SEIU so suddenly? Here’s the long and short of | Read More »
The Generals Who Vie for SEIU’s Top Spot
Two days after Politico broke the story of the resignation of lavender-lapeled lord of labor, SEIU’s Andy Stern, and two days before the controversial Stern confirms or denies his intent to leave the purple behemoth he has led, it appears warfare may be breaking out between the generals of Andy Stern’s army of purple patrons. According to the Daily News, the generals lining up their | Read More »
Will the Queen of Labor, Anna Burger, take over where Andy left off?
Following yesterday’s bombshell announcement—apparently, even senior SEIU officials were stunned—that SEIU boss Andy Stern is resigning from the purple behemoth he created, speculation now turns to who his replacement will be. Washington odds are that the Queen of Labor, SEIU’s Executive V.P. Anna Burger will get the nod. According to the Wall Street Journal: A member of SEIU’s executive board said he received a phone | Read More »
[UPDATED & CONFIRMED] SEIU’s Andy Stern to Resign
This just in: Andy Stern, of the controversial Service Employees International Union, is resigning his position as President of the purple behemonth, according to Politico’s Ben Smith. Service Employees International Union President Andrew Stern, one of America’s most prominent labor leaders, is set to resign, according to a member of the union’s board. The President of an SEIU local based in Seattle, Diane Sosne, broke | Read More »