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September 28, 2010

Hello! Andy Stern, Of SEIU Fame, Reportedly Under Federal Investigation UPDATE: Stern Statement Denying Knowledge Of Investigation

Gee, I wonder if this ever came up during all of Stern's visits to the White House.

Prominent ex-labor leader Andy Stern is reportedly being investigated by the FBI and Department of Labor as part of a corruption probe involving the Service Employees International Union, authorities said.

Two organized labor officials met with federal agents this summer to answer questions about Stern’s role in approving money to pay the salary of an SEIU leader in California who performed no work and a book contract that Stern landed in 2006, The Los Angeles Times reported today on its website.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the investigation.

...Stern abruptly resigned as president of the 2.2-million member SEIU in April.

Stern, who currently sits on President Obama's bipartisan deficit-reduction commission, has not commented on the investigation.

As part of the corruption probe, the feds have been examining $150,000 in consulting fees paid to a disgraced former Los Angeles labor leader under a confidential agreement signed by Stern, then president of the powerful Service Employees International Union, according to documents and interviews.

Once upon a time the media had a term for this kind of thing. Culture of...Culture of something...oh right, CULTURE OF CORRUPTION!

Related enough (via LauraW.)...the head of the AFL-CIO thinks it's about time to "re-establish popular control over the private corporations".

Again, there's a term for that...it's on the tip of my tongue...it's, um, oh yeah...SOCIALISM.

UPDATE:Stern denies having any knowledge he's being investigated.


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