Andrew L. Stern

Andrew L. Stern

International President, Service Employees International Union,

Andrew Stern is president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation’s largest and fastest-growing union. The New York Times Magazine described Stern as a man who “intends to create a new, more dynamic labor movement” that can meet the challenges of the 21st century global economy. Stern envisions partnerships between multinational companies and overseas unions to raise wages and standards for workers, while helping businesses become more competitive in America and internationally. After launching a widely publicized debate about the fundamental change needed to reverse labor’s decline, Stern led SEIU out of the AFL-CIO to focus the movement on uniting the nine out of 10 American workers not yet in a union, and was the driving force behind the formation of Change to Win, a new labor federation of seven major unions representing 6 million members. An aggressive advocate for a health care system that helps U.S. companies control costs while providing quality, affordable coverage to every American, Stern has also invited business leaders to join forces with labor in the national political arena to establish a more efficient, cost-effective model to replace our ailing employer-based structure.