Skip to comments.Midwestern SEIU official resigns
Posted on 02/12/2009 9:46:06 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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.
Hobbs could not be reached for comment.
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.
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Wow! Corrupt unions. . . imagine that /sarc
A preview of where 30% of the trillion is going to go. Another 30% to bureaucrats, another 30% to administrators, lawyers and organized crime (oops, I guess that last one was redundant). Then maybe, just maybe, some stimulus money will find its way to the college professors and environmentalists who do the impact studies.
In about 2 years, all those guys out there looking for work will say, “WTF”? And all us here on FR will say, “Told ya”.
SEIU will make the Hoffa’s look like kindergarterners.
His punishment is to go into a re-education camp so that he can be trained not to steal anything less than a million dollars. His union pals are embarrassed that this guy stole so little.
Obama’s already fixed this.
Union officials won’t have to report expenditures any more.
The SEIU was founded by leftists, IIRC.
It’s a culture of corruption.