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Jan. 17, 2007

Jan. 29 Stern Reading To Be Recorded For 'Live From Prairie Lights' Broadcasts

Andy Stern will read from "A Country That Works: Getting America Back on Track" at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The public is invited to be part of the live audience for the reading, which will be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Admission is free.

As part of the new Iowa Public Radio programming, hour-long "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by WSUI's Julie Englander, will air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on AM 910 WSUI, AM 640 WOI and AM 1010 KRNI. A program will also be broadcast at 5 p.m. Sundays on 91.7 FM KSUI.

Stern, the president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) -- the fastest-growing union in North America -- writes optimistically about the future of unionization in the United States. SEIU, with 1.8 million members, is the largest health care union, the largest property services union and the second-largest public employees union.

A preview in Publishers Weekly observed, "not only does (Stern) see membership in the organized labor movement increasing, he casts unions as a major force in implementing sweeping societal reforms. His proposals include altering the regressive Social Security tax to put more burden on high earners (i.e. removing the cap on wages taxed and ending the wage-tax-only), offering universal access to decent health care, implementing guaranteed retirement plans, providing equal access to the Internet and improving public education from pre-K on up."

Barbara Ehrenreich wrote, "Be prepared to throw out all your stereotypes about 'big labor' and embrace a vital agenda for change."

And philanthropist George Soros added, "Andy Stern has written an important book that reveals the alarming facts about how our government is failing to meet the challenges of globalization and putting America's future at risk. His bold vision for reform is a call to arms that should be read by all Americans."

Stern was a student activist in the 1960s, and holds a degree in education and urban planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He recently appeared on "The Colbert Report" to promote his book. Fortune magazine described his work as, "forging new organizing models and public policies to reward work fairly."

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