Professor Stern probably did not intend this comparison; but the title of his book sounds as though it were written by former Alaska Governor Palin. Is there an opening for rapprochement of S.E.I.U. and the Tea Party?
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psezone9, December 31, 2006 (view all comments by psezone9)
Andy's view on the country is very eye opening. His vision of our country is on track and he shows us that we need to remain strong and united if we are to preserve a country worthy of our children living in.
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Eric Sisneros, December 10, 2006 (view all comments by Eric Sisneros)
The "restructuring" of SEIU in California will displace hundreds of loyal staff when several public sector locals are merged into only 4 statewide as of January 1, 2007.
Heads have already begun to roll but not before direct dealing with OPEIU members garnered offers of a 41% cut in pay with the expectation of working 12-16 hour days.
For the past 5 months Mr. Stern and his representatives in California have ignored information requests and have refused to bargain in good faith with OPEIU members who have loyally worked for his union.
How can Mr. Stern disrespect his employees, circumvent the National Labor Relations Act, and then offer suggestions on how to repair the labor movement in America?
Mr. Stern, treat the union staff with the same dignity that you demand for your members. Come to the table with our official, elected representatives and negotiate in good faith.
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Margaret Anderson, September 28, 2006 (view all comments by Margaret Anderson)
I am so pleased to read this authors thoughts and ideas.
Andy is such a wonderful innovative leader.
Inspiring and thought provoking. I beleive we can all work for the greater good of all.
Great Job Andy~
As one of the "Purple Team" I am a true believer.
One person at a time and one door at time we can make a difference and WE WILL.
Thanks so much for the great read.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"The misleading title of this maverick, clearly argued account from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) president Stern elides the bulk of its contents: he bookends his story with the problem-globalization, a widening income gap and its concomitant crises-and its solutions, but sandwiched in between are several chapters of recent labor history from the vantage point of a key leader. Stern details how he led his union of janitors, home health workers, nurses and other laborers in a split from the AFL-CIO in 2005. According to Stern, this restructuring exemplifies the necessity of revitalizing unions for positive change in America. He's optimistic about the future of unionization in the U.S.: not only does he see membership in the organized labor movement increasing, he casts unions as a major force in implementing sweeping societal reforms. His proposals include altering the regressive Social Security tax to put more burden on high earners (i.e. removing the cap on wages taxed and ending the wage-tax-only), offering universal access to decent health care, implementing guaranteed retirement plans, providing equal access to the Internet and improving public education from pre-K on up. Free market fundamentalists will dismiss Stern's ideas and moderates may not be convinced by his idealism, but he provides an important point of view for organizers and labor historians." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by George Soros, financier and philanthropist,
"Andy Stern has written an important book that reveals the alarming facts about how our government is failing to meet the challenges of globalization and putting America's future at risk. His bold vision for reform is a call to arms that should be read by all Americans."
by Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By in America,
"The future of the American dream may lie in the hands of Andy Stern and his bold vision for reform. Read A Country That Works to understand the forces that split the American labor movement in 2005. Or read it for a glimpse into the heart of a man who has devoted his life to the struggle for a better deal for American working people. Either way, be prepared to throw out all your stereotypes about 'big labor' and embrace a vital agenda for change."
The maverick leader of the fastest-growing union in the United States proposes a revolutionary paradigm for America and labor--in which workers and management and all Americans can thrive in the global economy.
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