The President of an SEIU local based in Seattle, Diane Sosne, broke the news to her staffers at 11:35 this morning, local time.
“Last night I received confirmation that Andy Stern is resigning as President of SEIU. He has not yet made a public announcement; we will share the details as we become aware of them,” Sosne wrote in an email obtained by POLITICO.
Sosne offered no explanation for the move.
Sosne isn’t seen as a Stern loyalist or a central union player, but she’s a respected former nurse who sits on the international’s board as president of SEIU Local 1199NW, which represents nurses. She and her assistant didn’t respond to questions about the email. Stern’s spokeswoman also didn’t immediately respond to a question about the email.
Perspective: I have first hand knowledge of SEIU, having worked with them at one of the largest health care companies in the U.S. There is another shoe waiting to drop, and don't be suprised to see a federal appointment (court?) of some sort following on the heels of this announcement.
Another "O"gasm waiting to happen - you can bet on it...