Labor union and Wal-Mart line up on mandatory employer-supported medical insurance

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File photo of Service Employees International Union President Andrew Stern

In recent days, the biggest private employer in the country endorsed an Obama administration plan that would require companies to offer affordable health insurance to their workers. Giant retailer Wal-Mart’s about-face on employer supplied medical insurance signals a major political shift to Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union.

Andrew Stern: "We think that America is on the verge of appreciating that we, you know, we cannot have the CEOs of corporations make 433 times what workers make. You know American workers need a raise! They are working hard, they are taking responsibility for their family and they can’t afford any more to go it alone and I think you are going to see in the next decade and with President Obama and changes in the law, workers at Wal-Mart join unions."

Stern, who has battled with Wal-Mart over his union’s efforts to organize its workers, spoke with KPCC’s Patt Morrison. To hear the entire interview, go online to

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