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photoLabor titans in America are clashing over how to keep the union ship from sinking. Membership has been in steady decline for decades and wages and benefits have been taking a beating from the "China price."

Andrew Stern, the leader of the largest union in America, Service Employees International Union, is calling for a complete overhaul of big labor to better take on the challenges of the free-market globalizing world. He has the support of roughly 40 percent of the AFL-CIO membership and is pressing to gain a majority in July's elections.

Hear a conversation with Stern about America's labor dispute and his new vision for organized labor's future.


Steven Greenhouse, labor reporter for The New York Times;
Andrew Stern, President, Service Employees International Union.

This program aired on March 3, 2005.