The source, who asked not to be identified because he feared retribution, said
Trossman helpeddevelop a strategy in 2002 to keep the allegations from embarrassing the SEIU
at a time of epic membership growth.Trossman's efforts succeeded, the source said. Freeman's local continued to expand as part of SEIU President Andy Stern's much-celebrated campaign to organize entire industries state bystate. Last week, Trossman said, "I don't remember exactly what happened" in 2002.Trossman said that he did remember a Times reporter calling him then about the allegations andthat he believes he referred the inquiry to the local. Trossman said he did not talk to Freemanabout the accusations, and
does not recall whether Stern was informed.
The source, who
told of discussing the allegations with Trossman
… In an e
-mail, Trossmansaid the union was "reviewing records and conducting interviews" at the local but offered nodetails. In response to the July inquiries,
Trossman had issued a statement on behalf of Sternthat said the union had received no allegations about Freeman's local
.The source, who said he was party to internal conversations about Freeman in 2002, told TheTimes last week: "
The international knew that there were allegations of impropriety manyyears ago. This is not news to them."
Nelson Lichtenstein, director of UC Santa Barbara's Center for the Study of Work, Labor andDemocracy, goes on to provide another motive for supporting and covering up for Freeman:
the union clearly had an "investment" in Freeman, a Stern protege who has been a high-profile loyalist
in the SEIU push to consolidate regional locals into statewide chapters. That effortis being resisted by a handful of dissidents, notably the president of a 150,000-worker Oaklandaffiliate.
Stern wants to move 65,000 workers from that local to Freeman's, a proposal thathas triggered a nasty internecine fight.4) QUESTIONS:
Did Trossman ever get the interview under oath, which he so richly earned? Not to mention
that this would be essential to establish the scope of the IU’s involvement and their credibility—especially considering the hapless nature of Trossman’
s responses to the reporter and factswhich contradict his statements.
Which of the SEIU Execs, and those in the chain of command, were interviewed under oath?
Andy Stern, Anna Burger, Eliseo Medina, Tom Woodruff, Mary Kay Henry, Dave Regan,Mike Fishman, Sheila Velasco, Dave Kieffer
, Jon Barton….?
Was the Times’ source ever given an opport
unity to explain their story and be evaluated for their credibility
with or without a guarantee of continued anonymity?
Was Jim Philliou’s subsequent testimony ever used to challenge the clearly dishonest
statements made by the IU at the time the Times broke the story publicly?
B) Deposition of Jim Philliou
(US DISTRICT COURT, NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIASEIU vs SAL ROSELLI, No. C 09- 00404WHA7)1) From 1997 to 2004, Jim Phil
liou was the Organizing Director for SEIU’s Western Region
,and reported to International Executive VPs Eliseo Medina and Tom Woodruff.