Andy Stern, Former Union Leader, Will Join Georgetown as Research Fellow

Andy Stern, former president of the Service Employees International Union, is joining Georgetown University’s public policy school as a research fellow.

Stern, 59, retired in May after building his union into one of the largest in the labor movement and increasing his own influence with President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers.

Stern will coordinate research at Washington-based Georgetown on wage reform, labor policy and retirement security, according to an announcement on the school’s website.

The new dean of Georgetown’s public policy school is Ed Montgomery, who is leaving his job as the head of the White House’s effort to help cities and communities deal with the decline of the U.S. auto industry.

Stern headed the SEIU for 14 years. Some local unions in his organization complained he focused too much on national politics rather than wage and workplace issues. He also led seven unions in bolting from AFL-CIO umbrella labor federation.

His replacement, Mary Kay Henry, has promised to heal rifts within the SEIU, which represents health-care workers and janitors, and with other unions.

Stern is also a member of Obama’s deficit commission.

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