Andrew Stern (Summary)

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Andy Stern was elected President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in 1996 after being a member and working his way up since 1973. Stern's name was one of the 110 on the White House visitor logs that President Obama released. He visited the White House 22 times between Jan. and July 2009. Stern resides in Washington, D.C.

Stern began his union career in 1973 as a state social service worker and activist member of SEIU Local 668, the Pennsylvania Social Services Union (PSSU). He rose through the ranks to become the first elected full-time president of PSSU and in 1980 was named at age 29 to the SEIU International Executive Board. In 1984 he was recruited by John Sweeney to oversee SEIU's organizing and field services programs. Andy was elected SEIU International President in April, 1996, to succeed John Sweeney, and has led SEIU to become the largest and fastest growing union in the AFL-CIO with over 1.6 million members.

In 1971, Stern was heavily involved in the National Welfare Rights Organization and in 1996 he was one of the original 130 founders of Campaign for America's Future. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Economic Policy Institute, the Social Policy Organizers' Forum Board and ACORN's Outside Advisory Committee. (more...)