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Union Leader in $15 Wage Effort Resigns During Sexual Misconduct Investigation

SEIU is now looking into complaints of abusive behavior against the leader of its “Fight for 15” push.
Scott Courtney
Scott CourtneyPhotographer: Leon Neal/Getty Images

An architect of the “Fight for 15,” organized labor’s sweeping drive to raise wages in the U.S. fast-food industry, has resigned from his post at the Service Employees International Union after being suspended last week during an investigation into his relationship with a subordinate, whom he recently married.

A spokeswoman for SEIU said the ongoing investigation into Scott Courtney, who had been an executive vice president in the union, now includes “complaints related to sexual misconduct and abusive behavior towards union staff,” as well as potential violations of anti-nepotism and ethics policies.