By Nicholas Contompasis
"This union is dirty. Andy Stern, former national President stepped down and is under FBI investigation. Now we have these murders. Is someone hiding something? You betcha. President Obama's connection to this Union is well known and should be investigated by our new Congress. I Wonder Who will be next?"
SEIU Union Official Found Dead in Oakland California Home
Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The political director of SEIU Local 616 was found dead Tuesday in his West Oakland home, the victim of a homicide, police said.
The body of Berresford "Berry" Bingham, 64, was discovered inside his home on the 500 block of Henry Street, off Seventh Street a block from the West Oakland BART Station, at about 11:35 a.m., said Officer Holly Joshi, an Oakland police spokeswoman. He was found after co-workers, concerned that they had not heard from him in several days, asked police to check on his welfare, police said.
There were signs of trauma to the body, but the cause of death has not been determined pending an autopsy today by the Alameda County coroner, authorities said.
No arrests have been made.
Bingham, known to friends as "Berry B.," served as the political director of Local 616 of the Service Employees International Union, which represents 14,000 public sector professional, clerical and technical employees of Alameda County and Alameda County Medical Center. It also represents county-funded home care workers and child care providers.
Bingham, a father of three, had previously served on the Alameda school board.