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May 26, 2006

Andy Stern Rocks

Andy Stern, Head of the national SEIU, is the labor leader who is most often out in front for progressive causes. Here are two he's involved just this last week.

The SEIU campaign, Since Sliced Bread, was an innovative way to get his labor union smack in the middle of the progressive conversation about where this country should be going. Now, because so many of the ideas that came up had to do with how to make the workplace an easier place for working moms and families, he and SEIU have joined up with the MomsRising organization created by Joan Blades of MoveOn fame and and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Washington State writer. Last week, in conjunction with Mother's Day, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger and Joan Blades met in Chicago to talk about how we can improve life for working moms and dads.

Then, I also caught a guest-post that Stern did on MyDD a couple days ago on net neutrality. Here's a key paragraph:

It's important to make sure that workers are free to unite online about issues in the workplace.  It's also important to make sure that everyone in America has equal access to the internet.  The internet's culture of openness is a critical part of its success.  Restricting access or creating a "tiered network" runs the risk of restricting the internet only to  those who can afford it.  A "pay-to-play" internet is dangerous not  only for any group that wants to organize it's members online, but to  anyone who cares about free speech and democracy.

The transparency and the accessibility of the internet is crucial to the long-term success of our democracy - and of our economy. Letting a few large corporations control access using a fee-based system is  unthinkable - and dangerous.

Stern's position on net neutrality is particularly welcome given that the Communication Workers Union is one of the chief groups actively opposing it.

Thanks, Andy, for getting it and assisting your Union to take the lead on progressive causes.


Posted by Lynn Allen on May 26, 2006 at 09:18 AM in Strategery | Permalink

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