Originally posted on Big Government Aug 12th 2010 at 7:06 am
Today, the “Queen of Labor”, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer and Chair of the Change to Win labor federation, Anna Burger, announced her retirement.
Anna Burger was defeated by current SEIU President Mary Kay Henry when she ran against Henry for the spot vacated by outgoing President Andy Stern. Despite that loss, Burger had insisted that she’d be staying on as Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU. Instead, she will be replaced as the head of Change to Win by United Food and Commercial Workers president, Joe Hansen. Henry is likely to appoint one of her own insiders as SEIU Secretary-Treasurer, a practice that was already causing tension between Burger and the new guard of SEIU (even though both guards are not all that different from one another).
Burger’s departure marks not just the end of an era for SEIU, but more importantly it’s indicative of a new era for the Progressive movement.