July 31, 2012 10:19 PM PT Facebook Twitter Show more sharing options Share Close extra sharing options Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Copy Link URLCopied! Print Full coverage of The Times investigation into the Los Angeles chapter of the Service Employees International Union. 1 California Ex-SEIU local exec convicted of stealing from low-income members Tyrone Freeman, who represented about 190,000 homecare workers as an SEIU leader, was found guilty on 14 counts after a 10-day trial in Los Angeles. 2 California Former leader of SEIU local is indicted Tyrone Freeman faces federal charges of stealing from his union workers to enrich himself 3 California Union sues former executive for $1.1 million SEIU chapter charges that Tyrone Freeman misappropriated dues to enrich himself and his relatives. 4 Business Finances of charity run by SEIU official scrutinized The union officer gets more from the nonprofit, run from his home, than from his full-time San Francisco transit job. He’s also paid for use of the home and his son is on the charity payroll. 5 California Top SEIU official in California quits three posts Annelle Grajeda resigns after a probe into whether she played a role in payments to her ex-boyfriend. That inquiry found no wrongdoing. She will take a different job with the union. 6 World & Nation Labor’s time has come, but trouble stirs within With a labor-friendly administration in Washington, labor’s long-sought legislative goals are finally in reach. But union divisions threaten to derail that agenda. 7 California Kaiser’s California workers move to switch unions The shift would be a major coup for a newly formed healthcare bargaining unit, created as a result of a long-running feud with United Healthcare Workers West. 8 California Times’ Paul Pringle wins George Polk Award for SEIU stories His reporting prompted the firing of the union local’s president and sparked FBI and congressional inquiries. 9 California Bay Area health union seeks vote on membership The National Union of Healthcare Workers asks state officials to conduct elections at 64 facilities where it says a majority want to join. 10 California Breakaway union could prompt war of attrition with SEIU At a time when workers nationwide stand to make big gains under the Obama administration, the newly formed National Union of Healthcare Workers is seeking alliances with rivals of the powerful SEIU. 11 California Split decision in hearing on home care workers union Former labor secretary finds UHW guilty of financial mismanagement regarding a nonprofit fund, but recommends against trusteeship as long as the local cooperates with SEIU’s planned merger. 12 California U.S. Labor Department adopts tougher financial disclosure rules for unions Feds say the regulations to require most unions to publicly report most compensation for officers will help expose the kind of scandal allegedly found in the SEIU’s L.A.-based local. 13 California SEIU merger to create healthcare ‘mega-local’ in California Planned branch pulls many members from Local 521 and United Healthcare Workers West and all members from Local 6434. UHW members threaten to disaffiliate with the international union. 14 California A year of triumphs and scandals for SEIU Union members and President Andy Stern helped put Obama in the White House. But a former top California leader is under federal investigation and a Bay Area local is feuding with the top brass. 15 California Service workers express outrage over alleged misuse of SEIU funds Three activist members of the SEIU monitor events as the union pledges to enforce broader ethical reforms. 16 California Records show no recent aid to two charities from union golf event The SEIU local calls the annual tournament a fundraiser for the nonprofits, whose financial reports show no specific income from the event since 2004. 17 California Union-founded nonprofit spent zero on its charitable purpose in two years The charity was founded by a scandal-ridden Los Angeles chapter of the Service Employees International Union. Its stated aim was to provide housing to low-income workers. 18 California Southern California union is probing top official’s role in ex-boyfriend’s deal SEIU is investigating whether Local 721 chief Annelle Grajeda helped Alejandro Stephens, who had headed a local that merged with hers, stay on the L.A. County payroll. She denies wrongdoing. 19 California Service union bans former California local president for life The Service Employees International Union also orders Tyrone Freeman to repay more than $1 million that it says he misappropriated from the labor organization. 20 California Proposed merger of California healthcare union locals draws intense protest SEIU aims to create one massive local representing the entire state, saying it will give all members a bigger voice. Leaders of one local are waging a sophisticated opposition campaign. 21 California Charity linked to union probe gets tax exemption The IRS granted the break, retroactive to 2004, after questions were raised about the nonprofit Long Term Care Housing Corp. 22 California L.A. labor leader used charity’s employees for politics, workers say Tyrone Freeman, head of SEIU’s largest California union local, ordered employees of a charity he ran to campaign for candidates, some ex-workers allege. 23 California SEIU leader loses post over scandal Service Employees International Union removes head of Michigan local who has been tied to spending probe of L.A. chapter. 24 California Union trusts must provide financial data The new Labor Department rules are designed to root out corruption. 25 California SEIU accuses local union leader of misusing funds Tyrone Freeman has been removed from the union’s payroll after an internal report alleges improper spending practices similar to those revealed by The Times. 26 California House pursuing probe of SEIU local in L.A., panel chairman says After Republican charge of stalling, George Miller says his committee is simply taking care not to interfere with criminal investigation. 27 California GOP congressman calls for hearings into SEIU spending scandal Howard McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) suggests that the House labor committee chairman has delayed an inquiry because of the union’s political support for Democrats. 28 California Compton probes sale of land to group tied to embattled SEIU local Two government lots were sold for $1 each to a housing corporation that lacked the tax-exempt status it claimed. The group was founded under the direction of Tyrone Freeman, head of the local. 29 California SEIU, beset by spending scandal, places a senior manager on leave The Service Employees International Union says two lower-ranking staffers have lost their jobs because of allegations that others in the Los Angeles local were retaliated against. 30 California SEIU president says he will seek aid from labor reform groups Leaders of the two organizations are skeptical of union president’s proposal. 31 California 3rd California union leader gives up post The SEIU’s top state officer takes a leave of absence, and her ex-boyfriend is ordered to repay thousands of dollars. 32 California Congress investigates L.A. local of the Service Employees International Union House committee joins other federal officials investigating six-figure payments made to firms owned by relatives of the chapter’s president. The spending practices were reported earlier by The Times. 33 California Labor Department reportedly joins investigation of SEIU payments U.S. authorities are examining hundreds of thousands of dollars paid by the union and a related charity to firms owned by relatives of the Los Angeles local’s president, sources say. 34 California SEIU spending scandal spreads to Michigan Rickman Jackson, former official in Los Angeles chapter, takes leave of absence from Michigan local. Action comes after Times reports of payments to firms owned by L.A. leader’s family 35 California SEIU removes all officers of local chapter amid financial inquiry SEIU takes action after The Times reports payments to firms owned by local leader’s relatives. 36 California Tyrone Freeman steps aside as head of SEIU chapter President of California’s largest local says it will be placed under a temporary trustee after Los Angeles Times stories reported payments to firms owned by his wife and mother-in-law. 37 California U.S. investigates L.A.-based union’s election The SEIU local allegedly made it nearly impossible for others to compete with the slate of leader Tyrone Freeman, whose financial dealings have drawn scrutiny. 38 California Investigation of spending by care workers’ union is sought Caregivers’ advocates react to report on United Long-Term Care Workers and its chief, Tyrone Freeman. With 160,000 members, the local is the largest in California. 39 California Union, charity paid thousands to firms owned by official’s relatives The video production and day care companies are owned by the wife and mother-in-law of the head of the SEIU local, which represents low-wage home healthcare workers.