Thursday, March 29, 2012

Source: Steve Matthews Dumped due to Affair with SEIU Staffer

SEIU's Steve Matthews and Dave Regan
A source tells Tasty that Steve Matthews has been removed from his job as the Executive Director of SEIU Local 721 in Los Angeles due to his extra-curricular activities with one of the union's staffers, who reportedly accompanied Matthews on romantic weekend get-aways.

Last December, Tasty reported about the extramarital scandal (which, by the way, Tasty had predicted several months earlier).

In January, Matthews was suspended from his job despite reportedly consulting with SEIU-UHW's Dave Regan about how to sweep the entire affair under the rug.

Officials at SEIU Local 721, according to an internal memo, requested assistance from out-of-town SEIU officials -- including SEIU's Leslie Frane and Bill Pritchett -- to head up an investigation into Matthews and to try to stabilize the local union. Ominously, the memo instructed staffers not to discuss the affair with the media.

Matthews was finally cut loose in mid-March, says Tasty's source. 

The reported firing of Matthews raises important questions about his chief adviser, Dave Regan. A top official inside SEIU, Regan has reportedly conducted illicit affairs with multiple staffers and union members while he held various leadership positions.

Most infamously, Regan reportedly had an extramarital affair with a member of SEIU 1199 Ohio's Executive Board when Regan was the local union's president. Later, Regan reportedly pressured the rank-and-file worker to abort the couple's baby, after which Regan summarily axed the woman from her seat on the union's Executive Board.

By all accounts, Regan's ethical offenses are far more serious than Matthews's. So... if Matthews is going 'bye-bye' for his secret affair, then shouldn't SEIU officials at least investigate the reports of Regan's multiple trysts, which are widely known among SEIU officials? Whadda ya say, Mary Kay Henry?

Whatsa matter...? Cat got your tongue?