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Rebellion Against Stern SEIU Dictatorship Builds

The Washington Post reports on the growing rebellion against SEIU chief Andy Stern.

Unionization, by design, makes individual workers submit to the collective will. The fundamental problem here is a system that doesn’t respect the rights of an individual. And the SEIU under Stern is the logical end for such collectivist enterprises:

This week, a faction of Stern’s union plans its own uprising, not to secede, but to take a stand against Stern at the group’s 24th quadrennial convention, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Its charges: In Stern’s quest to build the ranks of a movement that has dwindled to less than 8 percent of U.S. private-sector workers, he has crossed the line from leader to autocrat and consolidated power in Washington away from the local chapters.

According to his critics, Stern has made deals behind closed doors with corporations, keeping members in the dark about the trade-offs he has agreed to.

He has quashed dissenting locals by merging them or effectively taking control of them by placing them into trusteeship, they say. He has also made it difficult for locals to file grievances, critics say, effectively stifling the most powerful tool union members have: their voices.

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