One big union is embroiled in his own sexual harassment scandal after allegations against SEIU leaders

The members of the Employees International Union (SEIU) march during a protest in support of a new contract for apartment building workers in New York City, on April 2, 2014.

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They have the way of the fight for $15, – to fight against the allegations of abusive behavior toward women.

The other two union bigwigs of america’s second largest union, the Services Employees International Union (SEIU) accused of sexual misconduct and abuse in the direction of female employees. The dismissal of Kendall Fells — national leader of the union’s “Fight for $15” minimum wage campaign and the firing of SEIU Detroit leader Mark Raleigh comes on the heels of the controversial resignation of the chief strategist of the “Fight for $15,” SEIU Executive Vice President Scott Courtney resigning amid allegations against him of sexual misconduct.

“The personnel actions are the highlight of this stage of the investigation that brought to light the serious problems in connection with abuse in the direction of the staff, mainly female employees,” an SEIU spokeswoman said

This brings the total number of ousted SEIU officials of abuse allegations to four. Along with Courtney, Hills and Raleigh, Caleb Jennings, head of the “Fight for $15” Chicago chapter was dismissed last week after he was accused of misconduct and abuse.

“Hollywood is skeletons can fall out of the closet, but the movie industry is certainly not alone,” Luka Ladan, communications director of the Center for union Facts said on Fox News. “Despite talking the talk about sexual harassment, the SEIU has subjected female employees to terrible consequences. Maybe the union should be to clean his glass house before throwing stones at other employers.”

In this March 20, 2014 file photo, members of the Service Employees International Union, SEIU, rally in front of the Illinois State Capitol in support of Immigration changes.


According to a recent report by BuzzFeed News, current and former SEIU staff forward and said that complaints about top-level “Fight for $15” was an “open secret”, and that no action ever was taken on a complaint.

Last month, Courtney, who had a history of dating employees, was suspended after his marriage with a union employee. The union was forced to launch an investigation into possible violations of an anti-nepotism policy. They also formed an external advisory group, where Cecilia Muñoz, the former White House Domestic Policy Council director; Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center; and employment attorney Debra Katz, a founding partner of the law firm Katz, Marshall & Banks.

Officials of the SEIU not immediately return requests for comment.

Perry Chiaramonte is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter via @perrych

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