NY chief of garment workers' union resigns

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Posted: Apr 26, 2011 9:01 PM
NY chief of garment workers' union resigns

The high-profile president of a major garment workers' union with headquarters in New York has resigned amid an investigation into his handling of an expense account.

Bruce Raynor announced Tuesday he was resigning as president of Workers United and as executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union.

The SEIU filed internal charges earlier this year against Raynor, saying he misused $2,300 in union funds on meals with a female union official.

Raynor says in a statement there was no misappropriation of union funds but he agreed to "resolve any doubts" by paying back the money.

The executive committee of Workers United has released a statement thanking Raynor for his service.

The SEIU hasn't responded to a request for comment.