Ex-union leader calls for state waivers from labor laws
Andrew Stern, former president of the Service Employees International Union, one of the largest and most powerful labor organizations in the nation, is calling for states to be allowed to request waivers from federal labor and workplace laws to allow them find new ways to represent workers’ interests.
The status quo is not helping them workers and is leading to the slow death of the union movement, he said.
“It’s time for a new path, one that takes advantage of one of the most successful public-policy innovations of the past 50 years: waivers from federal law to allow state experimentation,” Stern said in an article for the winter issue of quarterly policy journal National Affairs. The article was co-written with Eli Lehrer, president of the conservative-leaning think tank, R Street.