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Andy Stern
Andy Stern is senior fellow at the Richman Center at Columbia University. He was the former president of SEIU.

Entries by Andy Stern

Current Debate and CFR Report Highlight Need for Pro-America Trade Policy

(106) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 1:01 PM

As the Democratic primaries move into the Midwest, and the debate on trade takes center stage, required reading for the political and business establishment, and pro-trade advocates should be the 2011 Council on Foreign Relations Task Force Report on Trade and Investment. The 22-member committee, chaired by...

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In Culture Clash, Consumers Take Control

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 5:02 PM

When Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the state's now-infamous "Religious Freedom" law, the reaction was fast and furious.

Celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Ashton Kutcher posted their disapproval on social media. UConn coach Kevin Ollie boycotted the Final Four. Nearly a dozen conventions in...

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Don't Push Hospital Clinics Over the Cliff

(15) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 10:37 AM

Unless you haven't read a newspaper or watched the news in weeks, you're aware of the intense, ongoing negotiations in Washington, D.C. to prevent the United States from going over the "fiscal cliff" -- the now ubiquitous term to describe the hundreds of billions in automatic middle class tax hikes...

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Teachers Deserve This 'Thank You'

(17) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 12:15 PM

With unemployment lines growing shorter, and the hopes of a regular paycheck starting to rise, our nation continues to push forward to get more Americans back to work. At the same time, millions of working Americans continue to work hard at their job each day, but earn nowhere near the...

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Palin Is Right: House Death Panel Vote "Is Downright Evil" -- People Would Die!

(1488) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 7:58 AM

On August 7, 2009, Sarah Palin used her first Facebook note to launch an attack on the Affordable HealthCare Act (ACA) by claiming that it would empower Obama's "bureaucrats" to act as death panels, sitting in judgment over who is "worthy" of health care. She wrote:

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Will the Supreme Court Eat My Health Care, Too?

(41) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 11:14 PM

It has been a bad year for democracy. With a distinctly legalistic, high-minded and scholarly tone to mask a hypocritical, over-reaching, ideological assault, the Supreme Court of the United States is actively reshaping American democracy.

Exchanging their legal robes for a shot at legislative policy-making, while shattering conservative vows...

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(305) Comments | Posted December 17, 2011 | 10:34 AM

As the first American bombs fell on Baghdad nearly nine years ago, I was glued to my television. Like most progressives, I was more shocked than awed at the missile fire igniting the night sky, heralding the dawn of a war of choice that would be followed by a prematurely triumphant...

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American Idle

(263) Comments | Posted April 7, 2011 | 7:22 AM

As the clock ticks down towards a possible government shutdown, or another continuing resolution to put a band-aid on a gaping fiscal hole, our country needs its elected leaders to put aside their intellectual differences and perform the duty that they were elected for. Yet the logjam that has beset...

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A Valentine's Day Message: From Russia with Love

(10) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 9:19 AM

On this Valentine's Day, leaks from "sources" provide some early insight into the details of the president's budget submission, while the press also reports on the specifics of the announced $100 billion in budget changes being offered by House Republicans after the Tea Party rebellion.

And as we...

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The Third Economic Revolution -- Boom or Bust for America?

(230) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 7:53 AM

Last Thursday the leaders of the Senate, in contrast to President Obama's State of the Union speech, reached an agreement on rule changes which shows again that they may be able historians, but they fail miserably as futurists and leaders of change.

Sadly, this is simply the latest in a...

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Don't Be Fooled - Florida Senate Race Is Between One Progressive and Two Lifetime Republicans

(82) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 4:52 PM

If you were to read only the national coverage of the three-way race for the U.S. Senate in Florida, you would think it is a solid "red" state and that a true representative of the middle class and progressive values is unelectable. But in a state famous for close elections,...

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A Path Forward: It's Time to Pass Health Insurance Reform

(217) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 12:02 PM

The question on everyone's mind today is what went wrong in Massachusetts? The tea leaf-reading and hand wringing will no doubt monopolize much of Washington's time over the coming days and weeks. But there's a better question for today: What's the path forward to passing meaningful health insurance reform?


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It's Time for Goldman Sachs to Come Clean

(17) Comments | Posted December 7, 2009 | 2:51 PM

It's the most wonderful time of year for Goldman Sachs.

Time for Lloyd Blankfein and the rest of Goldman's board to gather and dole out their long anticipated $23 billion bonus and compensation pool among all their executives doing God's work.

It's the latest example of Goldman putting...

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A Clear Path Forward on Jobs

(46) Comments | Posted December 3, 2009 | 5:26 PM

Make no mistake about it, our economic meltdown was no accident: it was arson. Over the past decade, we saw productivity rise, but workers' wages stayed flat. We watched the housing bubble burst, and hardworking families lost their homes. We bailed out the banks, but men and women who get...

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Lloyd Blankfein Gives Thanks

(34) Comments | Posted November 25, 2009 | 4:58 PM

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein has a lot to be thankful for this year...

  • His turkey dinner with all the trimmings at his 27 million Central Park suite.
  • The 63.6 billion in bailouts and backstops Goldman Sachs has collected from taxpayers since the crash--most of which Goldman need never...
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Lloyd Blankfein Has A Reality Problem

(5) Comments | Posted November 20, 2009 | 12:32 PM

Lloyd Blankfein seems to think his company has an image problem.

He's been on a worldwide PR tour these past few weeks to let everyone know what a great corporation Goldman Sachs is. He told one newspaper that Goldman Sachs does "God's work." This week, he even apologized...

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Goldman Sachs: It's Time to Put Country Before Company

(107) Comments | Posted November 16, 2009 | 9:41 AM

I love the America where women like Maria Guerra, a janitor from Chicago, who worked hard her whole life -- paid her taxes, saved her money -- could not only purchase a home for herself but also could lend her brother money and co-sign his loan so he too could...

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There's No Such Thing As A Republican Filibuster: It's Time to Deliver

(301) Comments | Posted October 26, 2009 | 11:02 AM

It is decision time for the United State Senate. The Senate Democrats have a moment of truth before them: given our new system of government by 60, what sort of health insurance reform will they deliver?

Will the Democratic team be held hostage by a handful of conservative Senators, who...

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Five Things to Know about the Employee Free Choice Act

(451) Comments | Posted March 10, 2009 | 2:15 PM

Today, the Employee Free Choice Act was introduced in Congress. Want some great reasons to support this bill that you've been hearing so much about? Here's five. (And if you already support it, please contact your Members of Congress and ask them to do the same.)


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Justice for All with a New Administration? It's Up to Us

(29) Comments | Posted October 27, 2008 | 9:42 AM

In eight days, men and women who get up and go to work everyday will head to the polls with one thing on their mind: how will they ensure their children will have a better future? Over the last eight years, the gap between the rich and the rest of...

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