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Another Corrupt SEIU Official Resigns

Some actual journalism from the Los Angeles Times:

Midwestern SEIU official resigns

Byron Hobbs, accused of billing the union for $9,000 in personal expenses, is the latest to leave a high-ranking post in the organization.

By Paul Pringle
February 11, 2009

A high-ranking Midwest officer of the Service Employees International Union, who had been serving as trustee of a financially troubled local, has resigned after being accused of billing the labor organization for $9,000 in personal expenses.

The Chicago-based Byron Hobbs, who also sat on the union’s national board, is the latest of several SEIU officials to lose their positions or otherwise come under scrutiny for alleged financial improprieties. Among them is Tyrone Freeman, former president of the union’s largest California local, who is the target of a federal criminal investigation…

He was executive vice president of the SEIU’s 90,000-member Illinois-Indiana healthcare local, and was overseeing a St. Louis chapter that the union had placed in trusteeship.

SEIU spokeswoman Michelle Ringuette said Wednesday that Hobbs has repaid the $9,000. She said the charges were from the Illinois-Indiana local, and the union is auditing the St. Louis chapter to ensure there has been no improper spending there.

A spokeswoman for the Illinois-Indiana local, Brynn Seibert, said the union’s handling of the allegedly improper charges showed "the system works."

In California, Freeman was ousted after The Times disclosed that his 160,000-member local and an affiliated charity paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to small companies owned by his wife and mother-in-law, and spent a similar amount on luxury golf tournaments, expensive restaurants and a cigar lounge.

His former chief of staff, Rickman Jackson, was removed as head of the SEIU’s largest Michigan local, because he allegedly received improper lease payments for his Bell Gardens house.

Annelle Grajeda, president of both a second L.A. local and the SEIU’s state council, has been on leave since August, when the union began investigating whether she had improperly used her influence to keep her ex-boyfriend on the county payroll. She has denied any wrongdoing.

Last month, the union imposed a trusteeship on an Oakland-based local and fired its officers, accusing them of misusing dues money to wage a political battle against SEIU President Andy Stern.

The former Oakland officers, who allege they were punished for voicing dissent, are now organizing a rival healthcare union.

The SEIU, who work hand in glove with ACORN, are more responsible for the political career of Mr. Obama than anyone apart from (perhaps) George Soros.

And they are one of the most corrupt organizations in the nation.

What does that tell you?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 12th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Another Corrupt SEIU Official Resigns”

  1. proreason says:

    “What does that tell you?”

    It tells me that we are screwed and that our descendents are facing a bleak future unless something is done quickly to stop these totalitarians.

  2. heykev says:

    Why are government employees allowed to form a union? They work for a monopoly and do not need collective bargaining to get a fair wage. After all, even in California, they have yet to lay off the 10k employees they threatened too. We must remember that once a job is created by the government it never goes away no matter how unnecessary.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      I work with Government employees on occasion (as little as possible) and have found the 80/20 rule is accurate. 20% of them are good, honest, and very hard working people and do the plurality of the work. The other 80% aren’t worth killing, hence their desire for union protection. And you also make a good point – unless one of those idiots is caught surfing porn on their computer, they’re there for life…

    • GuppyNblue says:

      “Why are government employees allowed to form a union?”

      That’s the tail wagging the dog :) It’s typically the unions that seek/coerce them. In my state the government is working on legislation that will force non-union government employees to pay dues even if they don’t join. They claim that the union will benefit even non-members so they should pay dues as well. So many will just go ahead and join since they’re paying anyway.

      “They work for a monopoly and do not need collective bargaining to get a fair wage.”

      Exactly, but bargaining to get “fair wages” is more of a front for their real function today. Unions are political powerhouses and they’re more concerned with self-preservation and political influence. More members equals more money (and votes) to buy and elect politicians.

  3. GuppyNblue says:

    Groups like SEIU and ACORN get a pass on corruption. For the left, where the end justifies any means, corruption is acceptable.

    Meanwhile, a company like Wal-Mart is constantly harassed though they run an honest business. They’re demonized simply because they reject the left’s beloved unions – a terrible offense to them. The radical is a mindless tool and unaffected by hypocrisy.

  4. nascarnation says:

    If your kids aren’t smart and motivated enough to become trial lawyers (my #1 pick for careers in ObamaNation), then public employee union official is a solid backup plan.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    It is my personal opinion that if you don’t have Jerri-curl in your hair (?) or you haven’t sired 5 kids outta wedlock………you best become proficient at collecting cans and toting firepower because you ain’t got a chance in H-E-L-L of being anything during the run of the Halfrican American President. It kills me that personal responsibility is out the window and Common Sense is neither!

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