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October 16, 2006

Andy Stern at the Montlake Ale House Tonight

The SEIU President will be at the Montlake Ale House tonight from 5:30pm until 7pm, 2307 24th Ave. E. for a special off-schedule Drinking Liberally that we are calling Reading Liberally. Stern is in Seattle to promote his new book, "A Country That Works."

David Postman has a nice back-grounder on Stern, one of the most influential labor leaders in decades. Here's what Postman says about the book:

The book is Stern's take on what's wrong with America and what to do about it. Since becoming president of Service Employees International Union he has turned the SEIU into a major union and a political force. In Washington state, SEIU membership has gone from 5,000 to more than 100,000.

A couple of things jumped out at me in the book. Stern is tough on Democrats as well as Republicans. He criticizes the Republican Party for what he thinks is a wrong-headed ideology, and the Democrats for not offering much of an alternative. He also speaks political heresy, and questions politicians' focus on education and high-tech jobs as the American panacea.

Posted by Lynn Allen on October 16, 2006 at 12:41 PM in Media | Permalink

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