Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The Los Angeles Times reports that SEIU Local 1021 executive board member James Bryant was not only paid $117,000 in 2007 as president of the San Francisco chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, but that the charity also paid $16,000 in rent for his home and employed his son. Most troubling, however, is the accusation that Mr. Bryant also received a salary as a full-time city transit worker at the same time. The son, Joseph Bryant, is cited as stating that the rent payment is appropriate because the rented house doubles as the charity's offices, while the salary is justified by the work that James Bryant does for the charity on weekends, evenings, and when otherwise not at his city transit job. Today's article also reports that an internal SEIU investigation is ongoing regarding Mr. Bryant's connection to the charity. This story is the latest in a string of allegations reported by the Los Angeles Times regarding questionable financial dealings between California SEIU officials and charities, which we previously blogged about.