A high ranking official in the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is under investigation for allegations of financial misconduct …
A high ranking official in the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is under investigation for allegations of financial misconduct. SEIU spokeswoman Inga Skippings said the investigation is focused on “one individual only,” namely, the union’s international vice president…yes, you’ve heard of him…Bruce Raynor–the man who cannibalized UNITE-HERE.
SEIU’s internal investigation of Raynor revealed that he “abused his expense account,” Politico’s Ben Smith reported Tuesday. Smith noted that labor unions typically don’t conduct formal investigations of such violations, suggesting SEIU and Raynor have much bigger issues between them:
Raynor’s alleged breach is something many unions would handle without a formal investigation — particularly against a senior official. However two SEIU sources said the union’s executive board discussed the matter in closed session Monday, and is in the process of hiring a hearing officer to oversee the probe.
Raynor told Politico that he is the victim of “an ugly, naked exercise in political retaliation,” insisting that he was protecting a female SEIU official “from political retaliation within the union by keeping her name off of expense reports and [dining] receipts.”
The charges against Raynor will be referred to an “outside independent hearing officer” who will suggest a course of action to SEIU’s International Executive Board. It should come as no surprise that a man responsible for wresting a bank away from another union and transferring $12 million to supportive constituents is somehow under investigation for financial misconduct at his current job?