Andy Stern’s Goodbye To SEIU: “Don’t Cry Because It’s Over, Smile Because It Happened”» 4 comments
Word started circulating that Services Employees International Union President Andy Stern was stepping down this week, but the union leader made it official today with this video message to SEIU members earlier today. In the message, he thanks all SEIU members (with some special personal mentions) and takes a look back on the growth of the union during his tenure.
Stern makes it clear that he is stepping down exclusively by choice, and notes that personal issues like the loss of his daughter has affected his decision. “I have seen too many leaders who have stayed on too long,” he comments, “and I have no intention of being one of them.” He admits he has no future plans other than taking some time off. He closes the message with the above Dr. Seuss quote.
Despite being president of, as he puts it, “the largest PAC in America” for 14 years, Stern became a household name last year as he became a target of conservative commentators for being heavily involved in health care reform talks about being outed as the most frequent visitor to the White House last year. Although this is his first official public statement on the matter, Stern also sat down with Washington Post policy blogger Ezra Klein today to talk about his legacy with the labor union, though he did not talk about the current political climate and his newfound notoriety on the right.
Watch the video below:
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