10 Questions for Andrew Stern

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...

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