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President Barack Obama makes a statement to reporters in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday after a meeting regarding the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. From left are, House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., the president, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
WASHINGTON (AP) - One of the most powerful women in the U.S. labor movement is leaving her post as head of the 5.5-million member Change to Win federation.
Anna Burger is also retiring as secretary-treasurer of the 2.2-million member Service Employees International Union.
Burger's decision comes three months after she lost a race to succeed Andy Stern as president of the politically influential SEIU.
In 2005, Burger and Stern led the SEIU and six other unions to break away from the AFL-CIO - the nation's largest labor federation - to form the rival Change to Win federation.
Burger says she will remain on President Barack Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board and support a variety of other organizations. She also plans to do consulting work for the SEIU.
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