CA Union Boss Soliciting Bribes?

Piece from the National Right to Work blog by Will Collins… worth looking into. link

    A California union boss is under investigation for soliciting bribes from financial firms who wanted to invest in Big Labor’s pet political projects.

    Sean Harrigan, a former top official with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFWC) union, was also a board member of California’s massive public pension fund (CalPERS)….

    Financial firms showered nearly $1 million in political cash on the United Food and Commercial Workers union in California while a top union leader sat on the boards of big public pension funds in the state, an analysis of campaign finance records shows….

    The Sacramento Bee has a helpful list of Harrigan’s greatest hits:…

    Among the examples:

    • In July 2001, CalPERS closed a $125 million deal with urban developer CIM Group after board members – including Harrigan – initially rejected it.

    On March 18, 2003, the board approved up to $280 million with the CIM California Real Estate Fund, supplementing the initial $125 million. Seventeen days later, CIM donated $12,000 to the UFCW union fund, records show…

    Harrigan, meanwhile, bought a penthouse apartment at Sky Lofts, one of the CIM projects that CalPERS backed in downtown Los Angeles for $887,500 in 2006, according to property records…

    Keep in mind that these are the same union bosses who routinely disburse millions of dollars in compulsory union dues from employees across the country. Harrigan himself was the former Executive Director of the UCFW – do you think he was any more trustworthy with workers’ dues than he was with California’s pension fund?

    The answer, of course, is no. Corruption is endemic to Big Labor’s massive political fundraising apparatus, and this sordid incident of corruption is just one more example why union bosses should not be given the power to force workers to pay dues or be fired.


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