April 13th, 2010
03:47 PM ET
13 years ago

Reports: Big labor leader to step down

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/13/art.stern.gi.jpg caption="Stern, a top Obama ally, is stepping down from his post as head of the SEIU, according to reports."] (CNN) - Andy Stern, the head of one of the most powerful labor unions and a top ally of President Obama, is resigning his post, according to a report from the Washington Post.

Stern has been at the helm of the 2.2 million-member Service Employee International Union since 1996 and initiated the then-controversial move to split with the AFL-CIO in 2004. He went on to found the Change to Win labor federation in 2005 - a federation of six major unions which heavily supported President Obama's election bid.

A spokeswoman for the SEIU would not confirm or deny the reports, but said Stern will
address these rumors at the close of the SEIU Executive Committee meeting this week."

SEIU also played a key role in the health care debate over the last fall, spending millions of dollars promoting the Democrats' plan on the airwaves and pressuring House Democrats in swing states to support the legislation.

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soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. phoenix86

    Wonder what his "retirement" package looks like. My bet is that it is not too different from the Wall Street bankers that Obama loves to villify.

    April 13, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Dutch

    Big businesses like the coal mining company in UBB must be jumping with joy.

    April 13, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Not Blue, Not Red, but Purple

    It is OK, he will be nominated to the Supreme Court.

    April 13, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. Steve

    He probably wants to retire before his union members realize they will get tax hikes as a result of the Health Care Plan he helped push through.

    April 13, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Abe

    Guess he got tired of threatening people. I wonder who will be in charge of all the goon squads at SEIU now.

    April 13, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    Seems like anyone that has ever been even remotely associated with the corrupt O-Blah-Blah administration is getting out of Dodge.

    You can run, but you can't hide.

    April 13, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. chris l

    See ya later douchebag. Now we need OBOZO the Socialist Clown to step down. Impeachment or just physical removal due to the coming revolution will suffice. As far as the Radical Liberal Party in Congress, they will all be fired and thrown back into the swamp they slithered out from come November.COUNT ON IT!!!!

    April 13, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Peter Q. Wolfe`

    It might have nothing to do with Obama at all. Sometimes people step down for personal or professional reasons outside of the scope of their position. You guys from Fox News are coming here too much. Do you see CNN people over there at your News Corporation office? Do you even know what country owns that corporation? More than likely has nothing to do with Obama and probably decent retirement like all of the top heads of any industry because that is who controls our pathetic country.

    April 13, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Pat F

    Watch Barry appoint him to a very high, very juicy government job.

    April 13, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    His job is done, health care reform has passed now it's time to gear up for 2012. Obama all the way.

    April 13, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Look for yourself Phoenix

    Unlike the Wall Street Bankers, union officials must report their earnings to the Department of Labor. The DOL puts it on their website. You can look up his total compensation anytime you want. Wouldn't it be great to see every member of management's compensation on the same website?

    April 13, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    You can be certain this is not the end of the pursuits of Andy Stern. People like this just never seem to go away.

    April 13, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Mark

    You can be certain this is not the end of the pursuits of Andy Stern. Scoundrels like this just never seem to go away on their own.

    April 13, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Debby

    All these backers that pushed this healthcare bill have their gold packages from Obama now. The three stooges of Reid, Pelosi, and Obama have destroyed our country.

    April 13, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Grin and Bare It

    Another sign of the times. If you support Obama, you're out

    April 13, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Exactly the problem with organized labor.....they do what is good for themselves, and not what is good for this country.

    April 13, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. toad

    Another one of Hussen Obama's radical buddies bites the dust! Obama took so good care of him with the taxpayers money.

    April 13, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. diridi

    America, we need to create the jobs, India and China are manupulating their currency, wake up.....just restrict visas, and immigration to all southeast nations, there are lot of terrorisms in there...ok, does not matter, be they doctors, or IT guys....just stop it...we need more manufacturing jobs than construction ones....just work on environment too....increase forestry, and wild life....ok....reduce pollution....

    April 13, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. james

    The president's resigning! That's what Andy Stern is. Obama doesn't blow his nose without calling Stern to make sure it's OK with him. But Stern will be fine. He'll get a piece of GM in his retirement package, you can be sure of that.

    April 13, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Wake Up

    Admitted socialist.........CNN doesn't report that it's just another close ally who is a admitted socialist, communist or marxist. I'm scared for this country. How did we let this rat in?

    April 13, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. SkiDoc

    Good riddance. Thank you, Glenn Beck!

    April 13, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Mickey, NY

    ...move along...nothing to see here...except if you're a right-wing, teabagging hatemongering bigot wearing thier conspiracy glasses...

    April 13, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Wake Up

    Andy Stern and big unions are what's killing america's economy, ruining states budgets and costing hundreds of thousands of jobs.

    Andy Stern is a very evil man.

    April 13, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Washington DC Insider

    There was a time and place for unions, but unions have long live past their shelf life. Collective bargaining made sense back in the day when wages were low and we were a manufacturing economy. Nowadays, we are realizing we don't have a competitive edge in manufacturing and can't compete against the cheaper labor of other countries. We need to focus on what we do best, innovation and knowledge management...you don't need unions for those.

    April 13, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. Stacy

    maybe the member of the SEIU could have used the millions he spent promoting the Democrate's message....In my experience, the unions only take care of the low life lazy scum that shouldn't even have a job...so what do you expect.

    April 13, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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