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President Obama push congress the other night on Health Care Reform.
There were all kinds of forces -- work behind the scenes and none is more formidable -- our power player of the.
I think it starts the final phase you know of this process which is taking votes.
That was Andy Stern the morning after the president's speech to congress.
And stern is head of the Service Employees International Union poor SC I U.
With two million members it's the fastest growing union in America which makes him one of labor's most powerful voices.
-- 435 people down the street that have to make a choice about the future of our country stern is using that voice to push for government run health insurer.
But he seems to understand why the president is hedging.
We get disappointed by what the president said about the public option he is not the dictator here he just part of the American process.
And again that there will be a vote in the senate I believe on the public option we're gonna say stern knows all about votes.
He showed us the war room -- two dozen people mobilized SE IU workers across the country.
So are -- here congressman -- -- wavering a little that we sent word out to his sister but we want them to know that people are watching what they do SC I U which represents health care workers public service employees.
Private security guards and janitors.
Worked hard last year to elect Democrats.
They spent 71 million dollars putting 100000 volunteers in the field.
And and making thirteen million phone calls and it paid off how much clout does -- CIU.
I think we're hurt.
If you make a phone call to the top White House official.
Doesn't get answered.
Yet we feel like we had a lot of access in the back while we were talking nurses from SE IU were at the White House hoping the president sell Health Care Reform.
I want to say thank you.
Andy Stern was a social service worker in 1973.
When he got involved with the unions.
I was the last one in the room at a meeting and I went to because they were serving pizza and I was elected unanimously as the assistant shops there.
So with it and here I -- -- I am.
He sees unions as a way to help working people lead better lives in his current effort is part of that.
The fight for Health Care Reform -- personal -- you -- seven years ago his daughter Cassie died from complications after a spinal surgery.
Do you think about -- often during this debate should be 21 next week you know I really think about -- What would have happened if -- had a health care system you know that really could take care of people you know a lot more effectively should still be here with.
Stern says unions must adapt to a global economy.
But the basic mission is this -- It's about seeing millions of people have a chance.
To live their dreams and it gets me up every day you know excited.
And believing that America again -- face the challenges we do in the 21 century and build a new economy that makes dreams come true.
Stern says after healthcare reform the president has promised to push the employee free choice act or card check.
But he acknowledges they may have to find some other way to make union organizing easier without taking away the secret ballot from workers.
And that's it -- -- have a great.
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