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Andrew Stern set to resign as head of major union, SEIU official says

Updated 11:43 p.m.
By Alec MacGillis and Philip Rucker
Andrew Stern, the most politically influential and controversial union official in the country, is preparing to resign his position as head of the Service Employees International Union, according to a union official and a senior Democratic official.

Diane Sosne, the head of an SEIU chapter in Seattle, e-mailed colleagues at midday Monday to alert them to Stern's imminent departure.

"Last night I received confirmation that Andy Stern is resigning as President of SEIU," she wrote. "He has not yet made a public announcement; we will share the details as we become aware of them." Sosne's e-mail was first reported by Politico late Monday; The Washington Post also obtained a copy of it.

Asked to comment Monday night on Sosne's remarks, SEIU spokeswoman Michelle Ringuette instead released a statement that Stern would address "increasing speculation regarding [his] intention to step down as president ..... in 2012" later this week, when the union's executive committee meets in Washington.

The Democratic official confirmed that Stern intends to step down from his presidency. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid irritating union officials.

Stern, 59, took the helm of SEIU in 1996, succeeding his mentor John Sweeney after he left to assume the presidency of the AFL-CIO federation.

But in 2005, Stern sent shock waves through the labor movement when he took SEIU out of the AFL-CIO and created a rival federation with several other breakaway unions, including the Teamsters. He argued that the AFL-CIO had become too complacent and not aggressive enough about organizing new workers to stem its membership decline.

By Alec MacGillis  |  April 12, 2010; 11:10 PM ET
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Except for Keith3 who makes a cogent point, the rest of you posters make me - how do the texters say it? - LOL!

Posted by: hueylong | April 13, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh Good God,that's right,The Communist In Chief Comrade El Presidente for Life,and
Messiah Barack Hussein Obama,hasn't yet announced his new Union Goon Czar,so I'm
sure retiring SEIU Purple Shirt Thug Andy
Stern is most certainly the one that loser
arrogant power mad psycho Barack Obama will
name to fill it,but will Obama still allow
this retired SEIU Goon Stern to keep on wearing his SEIU Purple Shirt,in his new
White House Czar Position is the only real
question left open about the newest Czar.

Posted by: carleen09 | April 13, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope he's not headed for a government job, but given the fact that Obama seems to enjoy his friendship, I wouldn't be surprise to see him turn up somewhere. The president's association with him up to now is nothing to be proud of, but if he appoints him to anything, it will be another black mark on his tenure in office.

Posted by: Lilycat1 | April 13, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope he's not headed for a government job, but given the fact that Obama seems to enjoy his friendship, I wouldn't be surprise to see him turn up somewhere. The president's association with him up to now is nothing to be proud of, but if he appoints him to anything, it will be another black mark on his tenure in office.

Posted by: Lilycat1 | April 13, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

We are an nonprofit representing the Azerbaijani-American community, and are trying to do research on health care, taxation and social security issues. Basically, through our research, we are overwhelmed with tons of information, and in order to be able to clearly and concisely formulate the choices to our members, we would be very interested in seeing some one-pagers outlining the pro's and con's on these topics. It would be also interesting to see what are other similar nonprofits thinking and doing. Being a grassroots organization, with a diverse membership, we need to be able to "keep it short" and easy to understand for busy people who don't particularly like or enjoy politics. If you have some tips, pointers and such information, could you please email it to me directly , or via our website www.USAzeris.org

Posted by: jancanan | April 13, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Andy was one of the chief archectects in keeping private health insurance in the driver's seat, denying his members and excellent opportunity to join an national, public and nonprofit insurance entity that would have saved them and their employers billions. I guess he can look himself in the mirror every morning, but those of us who keep paying extravagant rates for paltry insurance were left to suck the hind tit because of him.

Posted by: Keith3 | April 13, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

If he was resigning soon I would suspect PBO was going to make him a Czar of Something or Other.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | April 12, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Are they opening the books in the Gambino family?

Posted by: jamespmarion | April 12, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Andy lost control of his thugs. New management needed.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | April 12, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

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