Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Profits are UP for "Wall Street" Dave Regan

Last year, Dave Regan used SEIU-UHW to produce millions more in profits.

The Oakland-based union pocketed $8.6 million in profits during 2013, according to an annual report recently filed by SEIU-UHW with the U.S. Department of Labor

That's a profit margin of 7.8%.

In another section of the report, SEIU-UHW reveals that it stockpiled $37.8 million in cash by the end of 2013 -- the union's piles of cash jumped by 30 percent compared to twelve months earlier.

Remember…  SEIU-UHW made these profits from its members even BEFORE it implemented Regan’s giant dues hike, which took effect on January 1, 2014. Under that scheme, Regan boosted SEIU-UHW members' maximum monthly from $84 to $124.

So what's producing Regan's ridiculous profits? 

Tasty guesses the slashing of representation for members has something to do with it. Less spending on members = higher profits for Dave.

Here are some excerpts from SEIU-UHW’s recent filing:

Monday, April 14, 2014

NUHW Wins Another One!

This just in.  Today, a group of 150 non-union nurses, technical and service workers at a hospital in Southern California voted by nearly a two-to-one margin to join NUHW

According to Tasty’s sources, the workers beat back an aggressive anti-union campaign from their Boss at Kindred Brea Hospital. Here’s the final tally from the NLRB election:

NUHW: 81
No Union: 44

That makes seven election victories in a row for NUHW… including last month’s win at Seton Medical Center in Northern California, where 700 workers voted to dump SEIU-UHW and join NUHW. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Video: Top Kaiser Executive Reveals Truth in Behind-Closed-Doors Speech

Kaiser's Robert Pearl

Check out this video. 

The resourceful folks over at NUHW got ahold of a top Kaiser exec discussing Kaiser’s super-profits during a behind-closed-doors speech.

The exec -- Dr. Robert Pearl -- is the CEO of The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG), one of Kaiser’s various for-profit arms. TPMG runs Kaiser’s clinics and outpatient facilities in Northern California.

In the speech, Pearl reveals that TPMG pocketed $1.2 billion in profits last year. That’s in addition to the $2.7 billion in profits that Kaiser's non-profit arm reported.

TPMG’s profits are usually hidden from public view because the company is owned by private shareholders who are not required to make their financial statements available to the public.

TPMG’s booming profits are another bit of jaw-dropping news for Kaiser’s workers. 


Kaiser has been holding mandatory meetings -- called “Turbulent Times” -- during which the HMO’s fatcat execs tell workers that the sky is falling and workers must accept cuts… like the massive benefit cuts that SEIU-UHW’s Dave Regan already accepted in a secret “unpublished side letter," say sources.

Check out the other parts of Pearl’s speech. He says Kaiser is preparing for big strikes by the California Nurses Association because the nurses will refuse to accept the cuts that SEIU-UHW and the "partnership unions" have already secretly agreed to. Here's what Pearl says:

…our nurses union has a contract up this year that will not get settled. There's no way it gets settled. And so we're looking at strikes inevitably coming up sometime in the latter part of 2014 heading into 2015.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Source: SEIU-UHW's Dave Regan Signed "Unpublished Side Letter" to Force Cuts on Kaiser Workers

It's been widely reported that SEIU-UHW and the other "partnership unions" have already signed a deal that allows Kaiser Permanente to slash their members' defined-benefit pensions and health benefits.

Now, for the first time, sources are providing details about the secret deal. Here's what they say.

Sources say the deal was inked during the final hours of the partnership negotiations in 2012. At that point, Regan and John August (Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions) signed an "unpublished side letter" that requires SEIU-UHW and the other partnership unions to eliminate their members' pensions and slash their health benefits.

Because the deal is memorialized as an "unpublished side letter" attached to workers’ contract, Regan and Co. believe they can hide it from the membership.

And that's not the only detail to emerge from Tasty’s sources.

They also describe the precise moment when Regan and his pals inked the dirty deal.

During the final moments of the negotiations, a handful of the partnership union’s fatcat officials met privately with Kaiser's execs. Rank-and-file workers were specifically excluded from the room. And when Regan and August emerged from behind closed doors, they announced that the contract negotiations were done.

This insider’s account matches up perfectly with workers' previously published descriptions of the final hours of the negotiations. Check out an excerpt from a 2012 video-taped interview with Sophia Sims, a rank-and-file member of SEIU-UHW’s bargaining committee who was at the negotiations when Regan, August and other officials stepped behind closed doors to ink the secret deal.

Since that day, Kaiser has attempted to force these same cuts on the members of NUHW and UNITE HERE, who’ve waged multiple strikes against Kaiser with the support of the California Nurses Association. According to sources, Kaiser will soon try to push SEIU-UHW’s cuts on the CNA when 18,000 nurses begin negotiations with Kaiser later this year.

Here’s the video.

Hey SEIU-UHW members… it's time to tell Dave Regan: “Show us the unpublished side letter!”

Thursday, April 3, 2014

SEIU-UHW Morphs into Boss at California Hospital

Workers are describing the latest details of Dave Regan’s dirty deeds with a giant California hospital chain.

At Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center -- an 830-bed hospital in Oakland, California -- workers say SEIU-UHW and the Boss have fused into one ugly Frankenstein-like creature.  

Here’s what’s happening.

Recently, the hospital announced layoffs of 359 workers. Several unions defended their members by filing court injunctions that successfully blocked the layoffs of their members.

But not SEIU-UHW! 

Instead, Dave Regan and Co. are working hand-in-glove with management to kick SEIU-UHW’s members out the door and onto the unemployment line.

SEIU-UHW’s members are receiving telephone calls from hospital HR officials who say their jobs have been eliminated. The HR officials then inform them they have just 15 minutes to decide whether to accept a layoff package or to try to make a bid for another position at the hospital.

When workers say "I need time to talk to my Union Rep," the HR official responds, "Your Union Rep is sitting right here." The stunned workers listen as HR hands the phone to SEIU-UHW Union Rep Pam Stevenson

WTF? It turns out that Stevenson is camped out in an HR conference room with the Boss, who’s speed-dialing workers to kick them to the curb.  

In one case, Stevenson and her HR pals phoned an SEIU-UHW member who's at home recuperating from an on-the-job injury. They gave her just brief moments to decide the fate of her sole means of economic support.

When workers confront SEIU-UHW officials and tell them, "We have a contract! Why are you doing this to us?," SEIU simply says “It is what it is."

Unfortunately, Regan's latest purple atrocities are just par for the course.

In 2012, "Wall Street" Dave cut a deal with Sutter that allowed the hospital to subcontract the jobs of nearly 10% of the union's members even though workers’ contract strictly prohibited the hospital from subcontracting their jobs.

During bargaining, Regan signaled his willingness to roll over for the Boss by stating: “We can work with employers like Sutter Health.” Observers speculate that Regan is working overtime to help his buddy, Sutter’s CEO Pat Fry, because Fry plays a top role at the California Hospital Association.

As for SEIU-UHW Union Rep Pam "The Terminator" Stevenson, she's apparently chosen the same career path as Dominic Mitchell, the former SEIU-UHW Union Rep at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center who’s now one of Sutter’s HR officials.

Like Tasty said... SEIU-UHW and the Boss have become one ugly, purple Frankenstein.