Andy Stern’s anticipated resignation as the powerful and controversial head of the Service Employees International Union, often praised as the fastest growing union in the U.S., comes amid increasing financial strains and costly legal battles with other unions.
……Michelle Ringuette, an SEIU spokeswoman, said Mr. Stern, who turns 60 in November, wasn’t available to comment ahead of his announcement. She declined to comment on why Mr. Stern is leaving.
Under Mr. Stern, the SEIU has become the nation’s most successful union in terms of new members and first contracts. Mixing strong armed tactics, lawsuits and careful analysis, SEIU teams, for example, were dispatched to uncover embarrassing company practices, such as production in third-world countries with poor human-rights records. Mr. Stern usually stayed in the background, while underlings made companies miserable enough to negotiate. Then he would call CEOs, suggesting they talk. Even adversaries remarked on his abilities.
The departure of Mr. Stern, a close ally to President Barack Obama and a major force in Democratic politics, also has far-reaching political implications.
Mr. Stern helped transform the SEIU into one of the most potent forces in Washington. During the 2008 presidential campaign, the union spent more than $70 million to help elect Mr. Obama and Democratic candidates to Congress, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. That was far more than any single entity.
By contrast, the pro-business U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent about $35 million on the 2008 elections.
Apparently he’s still got a position on Obama’s “fiscal responsibility” panel:
Andy Stern may be planning to resign as president of the 2.2 million-member Service Employees International Union, but the White House is planning on him staying on President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Responsibility Commission.
A senior administration official said that Obama wants Stern to stay on the panel, which is charged with finding solutions to the nation’s debt and deficit problems.
The fucking SEIU head thug was partially responsible for the mounting debt and the creation of the ObamaCare disaster. He’ll fit right in.