SEIU’s Andrew Stern Endorses Corporate Tax Break, But What Does It Mean?

Andrew SternIs Andrew Stern, the retired president of the Service Employees International Union, a born-again capitalist? That’s the emerging view at SEIU headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. and various points beyond. For months, Stern, who stepped down last spring after 14 years at the helm, has been championing a proposal to grant a limited-period tax break for U.S. corporations on investment income earned abroad and transferred to here. Stern’s allies in the labor movement are shaking their heads in disbelief. His union enemies are saying, “I told you so.” Many in the business world are welcoming him like an old friend. Yet the real story may be that Stern is being his old self: a believer in a large-scale government-corporate-union partnership to generate jobs – preferably union ones. 

Among contemporary union leaders on the left side of political activism, Andrew Stern surely ranks as one of the most vocal and …

Solis Leads Cheers for Wisconsin Public Employee Unions

bigstockphoto_hilda_solis_at_obama_town_hall_5020448Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has taken her gloves off in the ongoing war within the states. And her supporters are aching for more. In a speech before a partisan audience at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. last Saturday, Solis proclaimed solidarity with Wisconsin public-sector unions and their supporters who have all but shut down the state legislature in protest of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s proposals to curb public spending. Speaking before the closing session of the Democratic National Committee winter meeting, she urged her troops: “The fight is on. We work together. We help those embattled states right now where public employees are under assault.” Such comments won her standing ovations. But they also underscored the extent to which the current administration views “labor” and “organized labor” as interchangeable.

National Legal and Policy Center took detailed note of Ms. Solis’ background in December 2008, shortly after …