- 1 National Welfare Rights Organization
- 2 SEIU
- 3 Campaign for America's Future
- 4 Apollo Alliance
- 5 Change to Win
- 6 European Socialist ties
- 7 Economic Policy Institute
- 8 Lui Cheng 2007 American tour
- 9 Meeting Miles Rapoport
- 10 Progressives for Obama
- 11 Wellstone Action
- 12 ACORN’s Outside Advisory Committee
- 13 The Organizers' Forum
- 14 Social Policy
- 15 China trip, 2009 - "Partnership with Chinese Unions"
- 16 Council of Institutional Investors
- 17 Obama connection
- 18 External links
- 19 References
Andy (Andrew) 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.
National Welfare Rights Organization
In a Feb. 25, 2009 interview, Stern stated that in 1971, his evenings were dedicated to a group called the National Welfare Rights Organization, which was trying to empower people to get off of welfare through community-worker alliances."
The son of a New Jersey lawyer, Stern earned a degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. After "bumming around Europe", Stern took a job in a Philadelphia welfare office newly organized by SEIU.
Early on, he became convinced that he and his fellow caseworkers were being sold out by their union's lawyer, who had put the finishing touches on their new contract at a poolside fund-raiser for the lieutenant governor. Stern helped lead a wildcat strike in protest, earning the wrath of higher-ups. "I began to suspect," he later recalled, "that the structure of the union provided the staff with disproportionate authority for decision-making, as opposed to the more democratic empowerment of the members that I thought was in the true spirit of the labor movement." Running as a reformer, Stern soon got himself elected president of the local.
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.
Campaign for America's Future
In 2004, Joel Rogers from the Center On Wisconsin Strategy, Robert Borosage from the Institute for America’s Future, and environmental visionary Dan Carol approached Steelworkers President Leo Gerard and SEIU President Andy Stern, among others, to propose a new alliance of labor, environmental groups, business and social justice leaders called the Apollo Alliance. The Alliance, which soon included over 200 supporting organizations, released a report that year arguing for a ten-year program of investment in a “clean energy, good jobs” economy.
Change to Win
European Socialist ties
The Party of European Socialists dialogue with the US Democrats and the Transatlantic partnership "was a priority over the last years" (written in 2009).
Delegations, meetings and exchanges of information were held on a regular basis. After the victory in the Congress, where the Democrats won the double majority, a Party of European Socialists Delegation, led by PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, discovered the new mood in Washington D.C., on 15-18 April 2007. It had meetings with Governor Howard Dean, Chair of the DLC; Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), Chairman of the Committee on Financial Services; Senator Bernie Sanders and with Senator Ben Cardin; John Podesta, CEO of the Center for American Progress, Former Chief of staff of President Clinton; John Sweeney, President of the AFL-CIO and Andy Stern, Chair of Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The underlying motive of the delegation was reiterated with the need for US and EU progressive forces to actively prepare for the post-Bush EU-US relations. 
Economic Policy Institute
Lui Cheng 2007 American tour
The American Center for International Labor Solidarity and the National Labor College recently hosted Professor Liu Cheng for Shanghai Normal University to discuss the evolution of the new draft contract labor law in China. Cheng’s visit to the NLC on March 27th was the culmination of a multi-state tour meeting with union leaders and members of Congress.
For the report by Global Labor Strategies analyzing the impact of transnational corporations on the first draft of the Contract Law go to: UNDUE INFLUENCE: Corporation Gain Ground in Battle Over Chinas New Labor Law
Liu Cheng's tour included nearly 45 events over 17 days, in the Bay Area, Boston, Amherst, New York and Washington DC. A partial list of the many sponsoring organizations, and their key contact, includes:
Meeting Miles Rapoport
Progressives for Obama
In 2009 Andy Stern was listed as a member of the Advisory Board of Wellstone Action, a Minnesota based organization based on the political legacy of that state’s late ‘progressive” Senator Paul Wellstone.
- Wellstone Action and Wellstone Action Fund combine to form a national center for training and leadership development for the progressive movement. Founded in January 2003, Wellstone Action's mission is to honor the legacy of Paul and Sheila Wellstone by continuing their work through training, educating, mobilizing and organizing a vast network of progressive individuals and organizations.
ACORN’s Outside Advisory Committee
In 2009 the ACORN Outside Advisory Committee comprised of John Banks Vice President of Government Relations Con Ed, Dave Beckwith Executive Director, Needmor Fund, Henry Cisneros Executive Chairman, Cityview, Eric Eve Senior VP of Global Consumer Group, Community Relations, Citigroup, Harvey Hirschfeld President, Lawcash, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Board Member, RFK Foundation, former MD Lt. Governor, John Podesta President and CEO, Center for American Progress, Andy Stern International President, Service Employees International Union.
The Organizers' Forum
As at Jan 28, 2010 Andrew Stern was on the Board of Directors of The Organizers' Forum, a group with the mission of strengthening grassroots organizations by increasing capacity and stability of their democratic structures, to link organizing networks, and to improve on the skills and strategies employed by both community and labor organizers.
China trip, 2009 - "Partnership with Chinese Unions"
Kent Wong's UCLA Labor Center participated in a historic meeting between the Change to Win federation and the All China Federation of Trade Unions in August 2009. An agreement signed by CtW Chair Anna Burger and ACFTU Vice Chairwoman Sun Chunlan at ACFTU headquarters in Beijing promotes cooperation between the two federations on key projects, such as joint research on multinational corporations operating in the United States and China.
It was the first time in history that such an agreement has been signed between trade union federations in the two countries.
The UCLA Labor Center pledged work with SEIU and the Teamsters, as well as with ACFTU, to conduct research on labor standards, labor law enforcement, and collective agreements in the multiservice, express delivery, and commercial banking industries. In late 2010, the Labor Center will participate in a binational US-China conference, hosted by the ACFTU, to explore ways research findings can improve labor standards.
In Beijing, Andy Stern and Kent Wong met with faculty members from the Labor Relations College of Renmin University and also visited the Migrant Workers’ Center.
In addition to Anna Burger, the US delegation included SEIU President Andy Stern, CSEA Executive Director Josie Mooney, Ginny Coughlin from SEIU, and UCLA Labor Center Director Kent Wong. Labor Center staff member Scott E. Myers served as the delegation’s Chinese interpreter.
Council of Institutional Investors
President Obama appointed Andy Stern to his commission to reduce the deficit, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
In one measure of Mr. Stern’s proximity to power, official records show that he visited the White House more than 20 times during Mr. Obama’s first six months in office.
- EPI Board of Directors
- "Obama names 110 White House visitors," MSNBC
- MSNBC: Obama names 110 White House visitors
- Interview with WhoRunsGov.com, February 25, 2009 1971
- The Organizers' Forum website: People
- CAF Co-Founders
- Apollo Alliance website: Report entitled "High Road or Low Road? Job Quality in the New Green Economy", page 10
- The PES in action 2007-2009, Activity Report of the Party of European Socialists Adopted by the 8th PES Congress 8th PES Congress, Prague, December 2009
- Board members, EPI
- Progressives for Obama
- ACORN press release September 29, 2009
- The Organizers' Forum website: Board of Directors
- Labor Education News, | WINTER-SPRING 2010, page 4