Sunday, September 14, 2014

SEIU Official Leads the Way across Fashion Frontier


It turns out that David Holway’s ethics aren't the only thing that's questionable about this guy. 

Check out his fashion choices!


What's kind of surprising is that Holway didn't dress this way for a stroll through the neighborhood. Or a visit to the racetrack.

Holway -- who’s the president of SEIU-NAGE, a member of SEIU’s International Executive Board, and a close ally of Mary Kay Henry and Andy Stern -- sported this outfit to deliver a speech to a NAGE Leadership Conference that, according to NAGE, was designed to "develop strong union leaders in order to increase NAGE’s influence in the Washington, DC government." 

Unsurprisingly, Holway didn't draw a sell-out crowd.  


Hmm... how would you describe "the look" that Holway was attempting to achieve? 


It appears to be a strange mix of Miami Vice and Jimmy Hendrix, right?



All that's missing is a pair of Versace sunglasses!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SEIU’s Mary Kay Henry Delivers Swearing-In at NAGE’s Convention in the Golden Nugget Hotel


Yesterday, inside the glittery ballroom of the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas, the attendees at SEIU-NAGE’s convention were treated to a spellbinding speech by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry.

Minutes later, NAGE’s President David Holway took the podium and delivered his own riveting remarks to the convention floor. 

Holway, a skilled multi-tasker, famously served as the full-time President of NAGE while also working as the full-time Executive Director of the Massachusetts Thoroughbred Breeders Association! Oh, and that was while he simultaneously served on SEIU’s International Executive Board.

What a guy!

Holway has a reputation of practicing union democracy in the style of Gus Bevona, Andy Stern and Tyrone Freeman. According to insiders, Holway treats the union as "a private club."  

"It's just a business," Holway is reportedly fond of saying.

Before NAGE's conventions, Holway sends precise instructions to each of NAGE’s local unions instructing their delegates how to vote on each item. 

No dissent is tolerated, say Tasty's sources. “The strongest language and intimidation tactics are employed to ensure lockstep compliance.” 

If a local union's delegates are bold enough to vote the wrong way, Holway will seize control of the local union or cut off all of its funding and resources.

Purple Palace officials have expertly exploited Holway’s corruption to advance their own personal political agendas, say Tasty's sources. 

In one episode, then-SEIU President Andy Stern reportedly threatened Holway with trusteeship due to NAGE’s well-documented history of corruption. However, Stern subsequently dropped his threats in exchange for Holway’s agreement to deliver all of NAGE’s votes for Andy Stern at SEIU’s next international convention.

Says one insider: "David is nothing more than a crook." 

And apparently he’s surrounded by SEIU officials who've learned to work together in perfect symbiosis... like the parasites who lives off a steady flow of steaming animal dung.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Dave Regan Pulls Bait-and-Switch on SEIU-UHW's Homecare Members


SEIU-UHW's Dave Regan
In recent weeks, the California Secretary of State posted an unremarkable notice on its website that has important implications for SEIU-UHW’s members… and offers an interesting window into the manipulative tactics that Dave Regan employed against the union's own membership to accomplish his ballot initiative deal with the California Hospital Association.

Last year, Regan not only launched two statewide ballot initiatives targeting the California Hospital Association. He also launched a signature-gathering campaign aimed at putting an initiative on the ballot to raise California's homecare workers’ wages by $2.00 per hour. It was called the Fair Wages and Training for Homecare Workers Act.

Why?

As Tasty explained at the time, Regan wanted to have an excuse to enlist SEIU-UHW’s 65,000 homecare workers in volunteer signature-gathering to help collect the 1.1 million signatures needed to qualify his CHA measures for the ballot.

In order to make sure his CHA initiatives got on the ballot, he spent millions of dollars of the union's funds to hire professional signature gatherers... which, according to Regan, allowed SEIU-UHW to easily surpass the number of signatures needed to qualify his two CHA measures. 

But Regan didn't apparently do the same thing for the homecare initiative. What happened?

That's where the Secretary of State's website comes in.

On July 11th, the Secretary of State reported that SEIU-UHW’s homecare initiative (Initiative #1637) failed to qualify for the ballot because it was nearly 100,000 signatures short of the minimum number of signatures needed.

Ouch!

What next? Time to get ready for Regan’s next bait-and-switch scheme.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Dave Regan Performs Love Act with CEOs at SEIU-UHW's Exec Board Meeting


SEIU's Dave Regan
Here's the latest on Dave Regan’s secret deal with the California Hospital Association (CHA).

Earlier this month, Regan invited Duane Dauner (the CEO of CHA) and several other execs from California's largest hospital corporations to speak at a meeting of SEIU-UHW’s Executive Board.

The execs -- Duane Dauner, Greg Adams (CEO of Kaiser Permanente Northern California), Wade Rose (Vice President of External and Government Relations for Dignity Health), and Judy Coffin (Dignity’s Vice President and Associate General Counsel) -- participated in a talk-show style "panel discussion" with Regan during the meeting.

As Regan sat onstage with his panelists, a handful of SEIU-UHW members lobbed scripted softball questions to the execs like: "What's your background?” and "What's the proudest and most
CHA's Duane Dauner
memorable moment in your career?"

Next, Regan let the Bosses preach to the assembled workers. "It's time for everyone to sacrifice," said the Bosses. Kaiser's Greg Adams reportedly told the group:
Healthcare costs are too high. We have to work together to bring them down. It's time for everyone to embrace the change and work together.
Next up was Dauner:
We want to maintain a living wage for healthcare workers. But costs keep rising. We can't keep this up.
While the Bosses cried “We ain’t got no money" and "The sky is falling," not a single SEIU-UHW official or board member uttered a peep about ballooning corporate profits and skyrocketing executive salaries. 

Kaiser's Greg Adams
... including Dignity's $776 million in profits during the first nine months of its fiscal year. Or Kaiser's $2.1 billion in profits during the first six months of 2014. Or Greg Adams $2.2 million in pay plus nine pension plans.

After completing his polyamorous sex act with the four execs, Regan dried the beads of sweat from his brow and presented a motion to SEIU-UHW’s Executive Board to transfer $10 million of the union's dues dollars to a joint CHA-SEIU political fund. 

The union's board -- with more than 20% of its elected positions currently vacant -- dutifully consented.

The next day, Regan told the workers that the fatcat execs had been "very impressed with the professionalism of the Executive Board.” That's not quite the term Tasty would use. 

So why are workers giving $10 million to the hospital industry's Chamber of Commerce?

It's all part of Regan's partnership deal with the industry. Under the deal, Regan committed to use SEIU’s political power to win $15 billion a year of new government funding to fatten hospital corporations’ bottom line. In exchange, the corporations will push as many as 60,000 hospital workers into SEIU-UHW, which has agreed to force these unsuspecting workers into pre-negotiated labor contracts with rock-bottom wages and benefits… as well as gag clauses that block the workers and SEIU-UHW from criticizing the companies for bad patient care or excessive profits.

It's a deal with the devil. In fact, it's so despicable that Regan refuses to show a copy to SEIU-UHW’s own Executive Board! When board members ask for one, Regan and Co. reportedly rebuff the workers, saying: "We don't want NUHW to get ahold of a copy."
Dignity's Wade Rose

What's next for Regan's love affair with the top-hatted paramours?

Regan has invited Dauner and a crew of hospital CEOs to attend SEIU-UHW’s upcoming "Leadership Assembly," an annual meeting of rank-and-file members.


And that's not all! 

Regan will attempt to expand his polyamorous sex act by inviting top CEOs from California's nursing home corporations to attend. Stay tuned!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kaiser's Cynthia Telles Puts 5,000 Square-Foot House Up for Sale


Has Kaiser's Cynthia Telles decided to pull up the stakes and head for the hills?

Telles, one of the members of Kaiser Permanente's vastly overpaid Board of Directors, is selling her 4,670 square-foot house in Sherman Oaks, a pricey Los Angeles suburb. 5 Bedrooms. 6 Baths. Brazilian mahogany floors. 4-car garage.

Check out this pic of her dining room. (More pics below.)

By all accounts, it's been a difficult few months for Telles.

Cynthia also happens to sit on the Board of Directors of scandal-plagued General Motors, which faces at least $35 million in government fines and multiple class-action lawsuits for illegally covering up defects in its cars that contributed to the deaths of at least 13 people.

GM pays Telles $200,000 a year to sit on its board. However, the ongoing revelations about the scandal appear to be too much for Telles, who recently announced that she plans to resign her seat.

At Kaiser, Telles pockets another $226,000 a year for attending just six board meetings a year. (The 1% really struggles, right?) At Kaiser, Telles has been under fire for being MIA during the ongoing crisis gripping Kaiser's mental health services.

Telles -- a psychologist -- is the only member of Kaiser's board with any mental health training. Nonetheless, she refuses to meet with Kaiser's own psychologists to discuss the crisis at Kaiser... which has already resulted in a $4 million fine by government investigators, three class-action action lawsuits by patients, multiple suicides linked to Kaiser's delayed care, and a call for a criminal investigation into Kaiser's falsification of appointment records.

Telles at Airport Commission
Recently, Kaiser caregivers spoke at a meeting of the Los Angeles Airport Commission (yup, Cynthia also sits on that board) and asked her why she failed to answer any of the 100+ personal letters from Kaiser mental health therapists -- which NUHW ultimately posted on a website called DearCynthiaTelles.com

Last week, Northern California’s East Bay Express blasted Kaiser in a front-page article called "Deadly Delays," which describes suicides connected to Kaiser's deliberate delays in providing mental health care to its patients.

So why has Telles decided to put her colossal crib up for sale? 

Perhaps she's planning to downgrade to a 300,000 square-foot pied a terre now that she'll be missing that yearly $200K check from GM.

If Cynthia needs any relocation advice, I'm sure Tasty's readers would have plenty of creative ideas.

Here are more pics of Cynthia's house... in case you're in the market.







Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Where is she now? Rebecca Malberg


SEIU's Rebecca Malberg
Remember Rebecca Malberg

In 2009, she was one of the East Coasters who parachuted into California with Dave Regan and served as a "Deputy Trustee” during SEIU’s infamous trusteeship of SEIU-UHW.  

Malberg -- who’s never been known as the sharpest knife in the drawer -- was rewarded for her blind loyalty to Regan with a seat on SEIU-UHW’s Executive Committee and a $150,000-a-year salary.

In a surprise move, Malberg recently announced she was jumping off Regan’s purple ship for a consulting gig.

Readers may recall Malberg for her role in the infamous Fresno homecare election. Back in mid-2009, she helped direct SEIU’s campaign of threats and lies against Fresno's homecare workers -- which included instructing SEIU organizers to threaten undocumented homecare workers with deportation unless they voted for SEIU.

In an earlier post, one of SEIU’s remorseful shocktroopers described Malberg’s role this way:
i am ashamed to say that i campaigned for seiu-uhw in fresno in 2009, and seiu-uhw staff - led by rebecca malberg, debbie schneider, greg pullman instructed other locals' staff and members to lie to fresno homecare workers.  we told them they would lose their benefits if they voted for nuhw.  We told them they would lose everything - their retirement, their health insurance, their voice.  it was so despicable, and unethical.  seiu-uhw "leaders" lied not only to the fresno workers, but the hundreds of rank and file leaders and staff from locals around the country who were organized or were dispatched to help. we stalked these fresno homecare workers for weeks... it was sickening, and i am sorry to have participated in such an illegal act of bullying and lies.
Where is Malberg now?

She recently took a job at a consulting firm called Harbage Consulting, which is headquartered in California's state capitol. The firm does political consulting; past clients include Arnold "The Terminator" Schwarzenegger. Harbage also consults with private and public-sector clients "with a focus on increasing value in healthcare delivery," according to the firm's website.
A Fresno homecare worker who was intimidated by SEIU

For any clients who are considering hiring Malberg, you might want to check out these reports -- including the conclusions of a government investigation -- about her role in SEIU’s campaign of threats, intimidation and ballot tampering aimed at pressuring low-wage homecare workers to vote for SEIU in an election.


The reports speak volumes about Malberg’s integrity and moral principles. After all… what kind of person would threaten low-wage immigrant homecare workers with deportation in order to win a vote?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

SEIU’s Andy Stern Joins For-Profit Company to Make Piles of Cash for Big Business


SEIU's Andy Stern
Andy Stern, SEIU’s President Emeritus, has joined the board of yet another for-profit corporation.

Stern, who already serves on the board of SIGA Technologies (a pharmaceutical company controlled by billionaire Ron Perelman), recently joined the Advisory Board of “BeneStream,” a start-up venture headquartered in New York. 

BeneStream pledges to deliver "piles of money" to large corporations by helping them push their low-wage workers onto the taxpayer-funded Medicaid rolls.

What does BeneStream do?

Under Obamacare, large companies will be required to provide health insurance to all of their employees beginning in 2015. That costs money, right? Fortunately for the Bosses, there’s a loophole built into the law. If workers happen to sign up for Medicaid, then companies are no longer on the hook for their health insurance.

That’s where BeneStream comes in. 

Stern's company says it’ll save companies buckets of money for the Bosses by helping them identify low-wage workers on their payrolls and then signing them up for taxpayer-funded Medicaid benefits. Here's an excerpt from BeneStream's website:


And here's what BeneStream’s CEO says on a slick video featured on the company's website:
The one solution that’ll save you a pile of money as an employer is the BeneStream solution… We work with employers that have 50 or more employees to screen their low-income workforce for Medicaid and then enroll those people in Medicaid when we can, saving employers the cost of insurance… The employer wins because they save the cost of insuring someone...
Stern serves on BeneStream’s five-member Advisory Board with people like Kevin Hill, a fatcat insurance exec at companies like Oxford Health, CheckpointHR, HealthPlanOne, and United Healthcare. 

According to a press report, BeneStream recently raised "$1.58 million from angel investors.” 

So how much is SEIU’s President Emeritus pocketing for pimping for BeneStream?


Not clear. But when Stern first joined SIGA’s board in 2012, he took home 35,000 stock options and $116,094 in cash.