HealthLeaders Media HR - April 19, 2010 | Random Thoughts, Prognostications on Andy Stern's Abrupt Departure from SEIU
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Random Thoughts, Prognostications on Andy Stern's Abrupt Departure from SEIU
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Regardless of how you feel about Andy Stern, president of the 2.2 million-member Service Employees International Union, there is no denying that he is the most important labor leader of his generation. So, it came as a surprise when he announced last week that he would resign the position he has held since 1996. His resignation—two years before his term ends—comes at an apparent high point for organized labor. [Read More]
  April 19, 2010

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TERRE HAUTE, IN: Bauer named CEO at Terre Haute Regional Hospital
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AMERICUS, GA: Hair named CFO of Phoebe Sumter Medical Center
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DENVER: Dean Swindle Named CFO at Catholic Health Initiatives
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