Rickman Jackson, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Michigan, has taken a voluntary leave of absence during an investigation into questionable financial dealings at the Los Angeles SEIU chapter.
The Los Angeles Times reported in August that the SEIU–Los Angeles, where Jackson was formerly chief of staff, paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to firms owned by the wife and mother-in-law of President Tyrone Freeman, who resigned following the revelations. Under Jackson’s direction, the chapter spent lavish sums at venues such as a Four Seasons golf resort, a Beverly Hills cigar lounge and a Hollywood talent agency.
The article also revealed that Jackson is the owner of a home Freeman used to operate a questionable housing corporation that has since lost its right to do business in California.
Jackson indicated in an e-mail to the Times that he had been based in Michigan since 2005. But the Los Angeles local paid his $133,000 salary through last year.