New ROC Report Ignores Growing Union Sex Harassment Scandal

By NTK Staff | 10.31.2017 @1:25pm

In a report centered on accusing the National Restaurant Association (NRA) of perpetuating sexual harassment, the left-wing Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) failed to note that the chief strategist of Big Labor’s “Fight for $15” minimum wage campaign, SEIU Executive Vice President Scott Courtney, was forced to resign last week because of sexual harassment allegations against […]

In a report centered on accusing the National Restaurant Association (NRA) of perpetuating sexual harassment, the left-wing Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) failed to note that the chief strategist of Big Labor’s “Fight for $15” minimum wage campaign, SEIU Executive Vice President Scott Courtney, was forced to resign last week because of sexual harassment allegations against him.

Buzzfeed reported that the allegations against Courtney and other “top-level staff” on the labor union campaign were “an open secret” and were ignored by labor leaders:

But more than a dozen current and former staffers interviewed by BuzzFeed News said complaints about top-level staff on the Fight for 15 campaign, including Executive Vice President Scott Courtney, were an open secret, and that complaints about abusive and aggressive behavior by some organizers who reported to Courtney led to no action.

The labor sexual harassment scandal grew last week when the SEIU was forced to fire the head of its Chicago “Fight for $15” campaign for sexual harassment charges, and reportedly suspended its Detroit director for similar charges. It was also reported that SEIU’s International President, Mary Kay Henry, was alerted of the “sexist and aggressive” conduct of the labor organizer more than a year ago:

Then, in July of 2016, following Düzer’s firing, four top Chicago organizers beneath Jennings wrote an email to SEIU’s president Henry, again calling for his resignation or dismissal.

“The sexist and aggressive attitude of Caleb Jennings has created a toxic environment and fear inside the office of the FF15,” they wrote in the email, reviewed by BuzzFeed News.

ROC and SEIU have partnered on campaigns targeting the restaurant industry across the country, and according to its most recent financial disclosures, SEIU poured some $19 million into the “Fight for $15” campaign in 2016.

Beyond this embarrassing hypocrisy, the new report also makes a stunningly embarrassing mistake when it twice inaccurately names the U.S. Secretary of Labor – Alexander Acosta – as “Daniel Acosta.”

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