April 14, 2010
Statement by Randi Weingarten,
President, American Federation of Teachers,
On Andy Stern’s Decision To Step Down as Head of SEIU
WASHINGTON—Andy Stern has guided and grown the Service Employees International Union through times of great difficulty for working people and labor unions. He is a smart and effective leader who thinks big, takes risks and does not hew to convention.
The labor movement helps workers secure fairness on the job, and a better life for themselves and their families. Andy has helped extend the life-changing benefits of union membership to workers who too often are exploited, underpaid and devalued.
Andy was extraordinarily committed to our shared goal of reforming and expanding access to healthcare. As he steps down from the presidency of the SEIU, we wish him well and look forward to seeing how he directs his considerable energy and abilities in the years to come.
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The AFT represents more than 1.4 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.