Some see imagination; others see ego. Either way, Andrew Stern's vision for a more aggressive labor movement persuaded his union, the Teamsters and the United Food and Commercial Workers, together representing 4.6 million workers, to split from the AFL-CIO. TIME's Joseph R. Szczesny asks the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) chief to explain the bitter divorce.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST JOIN A UNION, AND WHY?
I first joined in 1973 because they were serving pizza.
WAS IT FREE?
Yes. The union was new--it had just been formed in the past year--and they were trying to get established. Sometimes union meetings don't...