Monday, August 22, 2011

Andy Update

So what’s Andy Stern up to these days? That is… what else besides pitching tax cuts for the plutocrats and dialing for dollars at SIGA Technologies?

Well, an SEIU homecare worker was surprised the other day when he found SEIU’s President Emeritus on the other end of the phone line. Here’s his report:

Yesterday there was a phone conference for CA Homecare Workers to talk about how we were for jobs, collective bargaining, etc. Our guest speaker was -- Andy Stern! I sat there with my mouth open. They conducted a poll: asking if we voted for Obama last time and whether we would vote for him in 2012. You could push a button for Yes, No, or Unsure. We got no report of the vote numbers.

Hmm… Tasty wonders what kind of inspiring words SEIU’s President Emeritless served up to SEIU’s homecare workers, who in Los Angeles earn just $1 an hour more than the minimum wage. Did King Andy happen to mention that he’s pocketing fistfuls of cash over at SIGA Technologies?

According to SIGA’s latest Proxy Report, Andy took home $116,094 during his first six months on SIGA’s board. (See p. 28 of the Proxy Report) And that’s on top of Andy’s $227,000-a-year pension from SEIU. Throw in Andy’s other side gigs, and Andy is prolly pocketing $350,000 or $450,000 a year. No wonder that SIGA likes to publicize “Mr. Stern’s reputation as a business leader…” in its materials (p. 5).

P.S. For those who’re concerned about Andy’s social life, he’s surrounded himself with some super bitchin’ people over at SIGA. Take Frances Fragos Townsend, who joined SIGA’s board in March.

Townsend is the former Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; chair of the Homeland Security Council; Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism; first Assistant Commandant for Intelligence for the U.S. Coast Guard; chair of the Board of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance; and member of the Trilateral Commission. Wow, Frances! Tasty wants to party with you! long as you promise to not nuke my neighborhood with one of your drones.