Fall­ing short of stan­dards

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

As a re­cap of Andy Stern’s 14-year ten­ure as pres­i­dent of the Ser­vice Em­ploy­ees In­ter­na­tional Union, the nation’s largest health­care union, (“A Stern farewell,” April 19, p. 10) fell rather short of the jour­nal­is­tic stan­dards we’ve come to ex­pect from Mod­ern Health­care.

On the heels of the suc­cess­ful cam­paign SEIU helped lead to pass his­toric health­care re­form and de­spite a 14-year span dur­ing which 1.2 mil­lion work­ers joined SEIU to make im­prove­ments in their jobs, the re­porter chose in­stead to dwell on a sala­cious story about the so-called NUHW—a splin­ter group led by dis­si­dent lead­ers who broke away from SEIU’s largest Cal­i­for­nia lo­cal union barely one year ago and does not even have a sin­gle bar­gain­ing unit un­der con­tract.

In stark con­trast to Mod­ern Health­care’s usual even-handed re­port­ing, the re­porter re­lied heav­ily on com­men­tary from highly-par­ti­san SEIU crit­ics and sup­port­ers of NUHW — in­clud­ing its top leader who, along with oth­ers, were just found li­able by a fed­eral jury for con­spir­ing to sab­o­tage the SEIU lo­cal.

Stern’s de­par­ture will be an enor­mous loss for SEIU, and his an­nounce­ment that he is re­tir­ing was deeply dis­ap­point­ing to SEIU lead­ers from coast to coast. For 14 years, Stern’s lead­er­ship has had a pro­found im­pact on our abil­ity to raise liv­ing and work­ing stan­dards in Amer­ica.

We can only hope a more rel­e­vant and in­sight­ful portrayal of his ac­com­plish­ments will ap­pear in Mod­ern Health­care some­time in the fu­ture.

Mary Kay Henry Ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent Ser­vice Em­ploy­ees In­ter­na­tional Union Washington

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