Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Correction: Andy Stern Endorses Anna Burger for SEIU Boss

Following Andy Stern's surprise announcement that he is resigning as President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), we posted our surprise that Stern was not endorsing his likely successor, Anna Burger.  The post was based on a Politico report that stated:
Two women have emerged as the primary candidates, including SEIU's International Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger, who also oversees the union’s political operation. Stern said he will not make an endorsement. “The one thing I’m glad about is that my replacement will be a woman,” he added.

Now, it turns out, Andy Stern has, in fact, endorsed Anna Burger as his successor. In a memo dated April 16th (download PDF here) to the SEIU International Executive Board, Stern writes:
After a great amount of my own thought, hearing opinions from many of you, and  holding them up against my own criteria—I  recommend that Anna Burger not only temporarily—but then permanently—become the 10th President and first woman to lead our union.

The following day, four out of the nine SEIU Executive Vice Presidents wrote a letter endorsing Burger's challenger, EVP Mary Kay Henry. 

At least Andy's made his choice.  Now, attention turns to the battle royale.

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