Union Gangsters: Andy Stern

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Andy Stern is one of the most outspoken, cocksure neo-communists of the American labor movement.

“We like to say: We use the power of persuasion first,” Stern said, channeling Rules for Radicals author Saul Alinsky. “If it doesn’t work, we try the persuasion of power.”

Stern quotes Karl Marx in television appearances. In 2007 the wannabe Bolshevik told Bill Moyers that his Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was expanding to Australia, Switzerland, England, South America, and Africa.

We’ve been working with unions around the world. And what we’re working towards is building a global organization. Because “workers of the world unite,” it’s not just a slogan anymore. It’s the way we’re going to have to do our work.

Stern loves government slush funds that advantage the Left. He enthusiastically supports President Obama’s so-called jobs bill that would provide $15 billion for ACORN and its 20-odd new front groups, other radical left-wing groups, and state and local governments.

He also seems blissfully, willfully ignorant of the many misguided government policies and programs that helped to cause the current financial crisis. To him everything is the fault of investors.

“People burnt this economy to the ground with irresponsible speculative behavior,” Stern said in January 2010 at a labor forum sponsored by the left-wing Center for American Progress Action Fund. “And I would just say for the record that if American justice is really equal for everyone there are a lot of people that deserve to be called into account for what’s taken place up to now.”

As punishment, he supports enacting a stock market-killing tax on financial transactions that backers say could net $1.7 trillion over 10 years. The tax is being aggressively promoted by fellow neo-communist Heather Booth, the founder of the Alinskyite training school called the Midwest Academy. (Booth recently led Marxists in a stirring recitation of “Solidarity Forever” at a conference in Washington, D.C.)

Stern is also well-practiced in the dark art of Alinskyite vilification. At the 2010 forum he excoriated lawmakers for not passing the then-stalled Obamacare bill. Stern called senators who refused to approve the legislation “terrorists.”

“We should send the national security people over and explain to them why we don’t negotiate with terrorists,” he said. “There are a lot of terrorists in the Senate who think we’re supposed to negotiate with them when they have their particular needs that they want met.”

Under Stern’s leadership, SEIU became the fastest-growing union in America. His brutal, in-your-face tactics apparently helped to add a million dues-paying members to the rolls, bringing its total membership to 2.2 million.

Stern’s radicalism and love of thuggery permeates virtually every aspect of SEIU, which he led as president from 1996 to 2010 before leaving under an ethical cloud two years before his term of office was to expire.

With Stern at the helm, SEIU harassed and harangued companies into signing agreements to make the union the representative of their employees. Companies that dared to resist were subjected to “corporate campaigns” that included picket lines, boycotts, and actions calculated to generate negative publicity for employers.

The racketeers of SEIU use an intimidation manual to guide their vicious attacks against targeted companies. As labor watchdog F. Vincent Vernuccio reported,

The new union tactic is to use pressure on corporate boardrooms as a means of organizing entire companies nationwide rather than recruiting workers on a site-by-site basis; in short, to organize employers rather than employees. To create this pressure, unions attempt to push businesses to the edge of bankruptcy, with little regard for the welfare of employer and employee. They attempt to strong-arm businesses into agreeing to take away the secret ballot for employees in union-organizing elections via card check. They also try to force employers to restrict their own speech on union issues so that workers will not get both sides of the story on unionization. Among the SEIU’s demands is that employers agree to bargain only with it, to the exclusion of all other unions, regardless of what workers want.

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  • mrbean

    I am a business man, Dis guy is bad for business. I''ma gonna hafta send Luco Btatzi to maka him a offer he can't refuse. Capeesh! Baddda baaddaa bing.

    • Toa

      Mrbean, better give Luca a good briefing before he takes off; them Shop Stewards and Business Agents are liable to pin his hand to the table and put him to sleep with the fishes (again).
      Historically, one of the primary targets of Communist infiltration of a free country has always been trade unions. SEIU is one of the most shining examples of successful Commie front organizations.

  • Steve

    Much thanks for the very informative essay…Beck also outed this thug….to bad Beck's not on TV to reach a wider audience re the extremists working closely with Obama to topple the Republic.

    • mlcblog

      Subscribe to GBTV? only $4.95/month.

  • kafir4life

    Never buy union made goods and services whenever possible. I've been in three unions myself, each worse than the previous. I always look for the union label, then put the item back on the shelf. Andy is just a thug, a crook, a thief. Nothing more.

  • StephenD

    If the truth were told you'd find ill informed people forced into signing onto the union rolls against their will. Just ask any hotel worker. The guys sweeping the lobby floor or the cook on the back dock having a smoke break, or the maintenance worker changing a light bulb; ask them about it. They either sign on to have dues withdrawn from their checks or they don't get to keep their job. Period. How is this able to happen in a free society? The President supports such tactics? Why isn't he called on this? SEIU is nothing but a communist front. There is nothing beyond the pale for them as a means to their ends…including violence.

  • mrbean

    Unions should be in the public sector. Simple logic…..government employees ( local, state or fed ) who get what they get based on unions lobbying millions of union dues to elect politicians who legislate laws which favors, promotes and expands the power of unions at the cost of non union tax payers who pay their member's salaries. A tremendous conflict of interest you think?

    "Obama pushes more bailouts at taxpayer expense; America to bail out corrupt union pension funds" http://www.examiner.com/scotus-in-washin… Why should tax payers pay to bail out unions who corrupt their own pension funds?????

  • BLJ

    This guy is a lowlife and enemy of America. He talks tough but in reality is probably a wimp when he doesn't have his goon squad around him. The SEIU is just the USSR with different letters.

    I hope they try to start some stuff with the regular people. They will find out pretty quick that they messed with the wrong people. That girly purple shiry he has on will look nice with some red on it.

  • pyeatte

    Stern and the SEIU are related to the common maggot, only lower. Eventually they will be defeated by their own degeneracy. What the individual can do is avoid union made products or services and support nonunion retailers whenever possible. The next step is to vote for representatives that do not take money from the large unions like SEIU and AFL-CIO.

    • johnnywoods

      pyeatte, you have just insulted maggots everywhere.

  • Bukkdems

    Herman Cain has proposed ending the minimum wage and explained that this is the only way unionized states can compete with right-to-work states. I guess that means the union workers will have to take less pay than non-union to compete

    • kafir4life

      Actually, if you remove union dues and other required theft from workers, non-union does quite well!! I was in three unions. Now I negotiate for myself, and do very well thank you very much. I avoid union made products like the plague. Nothing against the workers (used to be one). It's the thought that workers money is being used for cocaine for Andy Stern, and his rental of hookers for the likes of Schmuckey Chumer.

  • Ben

    Leftists are the worst workers enemies in reality. In the so called "socialist camp" of the USSR there appeared only one real trade union-Polish Solidarity that fight the communist power and won. Bolsheviks when seized the power first destroyed the qualified workers` unions. Socialist workers had left their qualifications and the wish to work that had made grave problems for their countries.

  • johnnywoods

    Andy Stern called Senators who opposed "Obummercare" terrorists. That`s like being called "ugly" by a frog. No offense to frogs.

  • Kathleen

    I am not a GWB fan; however, in retrospect I so admire how he and his administration squelched the unions and did not understand the magnitude of his accomplishments until these Marxists took control.

  • Ben

    I congratulate polit-correct moderation of the author of "Leftist Gangsters".

  • Brujo Blanco

    SEIU is an evil organization. When are the rank and file union members going to realize their union is a communist organization. It makes no sense for a union to financially destroy an employer that writes all the pay checks. Union violence is tolerated by the courts and this needs to change.

    • kafir4life

      Most of the union members are just drones that don't know any better. They'll believe their union masters over all else.

  • John_Kelly

    Amazing how pseudo tough guys like Andy Stern puff themselves up with egotistical statements like “We like to say: We use the power of persuasion first, If it doesn’t work, we try the persuasion of power.”

    Just another example of "empty vessels making the most noise".

    This clown if he was alone and confronted by a foe would wet his pants.

    Stern, Trumpka and Obama all have one thing in common, they talk like super salesmen and produce nothing of substance.

    A more appropriate slogan to be uttered by these cowards would be "We will fight until the last drop of your blood."

  • alexander

    mentally sick imbecile….another FUBAR (like Fubar Ack)

  • rlynh

    This guy is why so many members of the SEIU are such jerks.

    • Beth

      water finds its own level

  • ClaireSolt

    We need to reform unions.

  • SorryJeffersonWeTried

    Creepy guy.