Andy Stern, the one-time leader of the Service Employees International Union and current research fellow in the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, is allegedly the subject of an F.B.I. and Labor Department investigation, according to the Washington Post.
Stern denied that charges last week, claiming that the allegations are “simply false.”
“I have absolutely no reason to believe, and not the slightest indication, that I am being investigated by federal authorities,” he wrote in a statement.
The rumored investigation involves an $175,000 book contract Stern signed with Simon & Schuster in 2006. According to union officials cited by Post, SEIU paid to promote the book, A Country That Works, and purchased thousands of copies.
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Beginning August 1, the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI) will have a new senior research fellow—former Service Employees International Union (SEIU) head Andy Stern.
Stern, who resigned from SEIU last April, plans to focus on social policy issues in his new position at GPPI, specifically in the fields of wage reform, labor policy, and retirement security.
“As head of the SEIU, Andy Stern has fought hard for comprehensive health reform and comprehensive immigration reform. His efforts to achieve economic opportunity and justice for all workers have had a profound effect on America’s workforce and the labor movement,” GPPI Interim Dean William Gormley said in a press release. “His intellectual energy and reformist spirit will enrich and inform ongoing public policy debates, at Georgetown and beyond.”
During his tenure as SEIU President, Stern oversaw the union grow into one of the largest in the country; since 1996, SEIU has grown by 1.2 million members.
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