SEIU hit with sexual harassment allegations as union members reveal horror stories

The political left, which has for so long prided itself on supposedly having a monopoly on “women’ issues,” is now falling under the weight of an unprecedented torrent of sexual harassment allegations.

It isn’t just Hollywood. Apparently the issue runs deep in other institutions currently held to be the left’s chief political instruments.

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Case-in-point: a slew of ousted officials at Services Employees International Union, the nation’s second largest union and the leader of the “Fight for $15” minimum wage campaign. Four bigwigs at SEIU have had to leave the company over allegations of sexual harassment, Fox News reports.

Kendall Fells, a major official in that campaign was forced to resign. Mark Raleigh, who headed SEIU operations in Detroit, was fired. This comes just after the group’s Executive Vice President, Scott Courtney, also stepped down over a slew of allegations.

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And last month, Caleb Jennings, director of the “Fight for $15” Chicago chapter, was fired for sexual misconduct. The nation-wide union, which represents employees in the fast food sector, particularly women, is reeling in the face of the allegations.

Courtney’s actions have even come under the investigation of an external advisory group that includes former White House Domestic Policy Council director Cecilia Muñoz, as well as Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center.

The probe is looking at whether Courtney broke SEIU’s anti-nepotism policies by dating and then giving promotions to the women he supervised. His case came to the attention of the organization’s leadership after he married a union employee.

SEIU makes much ado about its advocacy for women, minorities, and the LGBTQ community. It continues to be a significant force in left-wing social justice causes.

But its employees’ alleged conduct tells a different story.

A spokeswoman for the union said “These personnel actions are the culmination of this stage of the investigation which brought to light the serious problems related to abusive behavior towards staff, predominantly female staff.”

Although SEIU is attempting to contain the situation, the cat’s out of the bag, and the union’s image has already taken a major beating.

Luka Ladan, communications director at the Center for Union Facts, pointed out why this latest news spells trouble for the highly influential service workers’ advocacy group.

“Hollywood’s skeletons may be falling out of the closet, but the movie industry is certainly not alone,” Ladan said. “Despite talking the talk on sexual harassment, the SEIU’s walk has exposed female employees to terrible consequences. Perhaps the union should clean up its glass house before throwing stones at other employers.”

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Indeed, that’s wisdom all liberals would do well to follow. After years of portraying themselves as the sole defenders of women against “bigoted, sexist conservatives,” the left’s hypocrisy is on full display for all the world to see.


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