Andy Stern's Mission Impossible

The new service workers' union head aims to triple its recruits

Andy Stern should be riding high. In late April, he was elected president of the Service Employees' International Union, the country's fastest-growing union. SEIU's success in recruiting low-wage janitors, nursing home aides, and other, often minority, service workers helped to catapult Stern's predecessor, John J. Sweeney, to the head of the AFL-CIO last fall. Stern can bask in that glory, since he was Sweeney's deputy in charge of organizing new members since 1984.

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