For nearly as long as unions have existed, he said, power struggles have taken place among union brass. "Any incumbency has enormous weapons at its disposal."
Benson praised Stern for his efforts in recruiting new members for SEIU. As the rest of organized labor has continued to decline in America, Stern's shop has brought in nearly 1 million new members. But Benson took issue with what he perceived as intolerance for dissent within his ranks.
"Stern has a vision of an almost militarized bureaucratic labor movement ... but if you can't have criticism before your international convention, when can you have it?"