Wednesday, December 7, 2011

SEIU's Neneki Lee Joins Toto and the Wizard

Remember SEIU's Neneki Lee? She's the SEIU staffer from D.C. who was hand-picked to take over SEIU Local 99 in Los Angeles but then quit in a huff when Bill "The Hotel" Lloyd refused to give up his overpaid job and massive perks. After Neneki quit, SEIU officials placed her in a new job at the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions.

Well, it looks like Neneki's new job includes pushing "Wizard of Oz"-themed propaganda on Kaiser workers across California. Check out this email from Neneki, who used Kaiser's internal email system to blast out the super-defensive piece that SEIU and Kaiser are hoping will somehow reverse workers’ growing disgust with the Labor-Management Partnership.
To: Tamara K Turner/CA/KAIPERM@Kaiperm, Tammy J Tuey/CA/KAIPERM@KAIPERM, Tamoe A Bloemhof/CA/KAIPERM@KAIPERM, ...
From: Neneki Lee <>
Date: 12/07/2011 09:34AM
Subject: FW: Myths and realities of partnership--see the Fall Hank issue!
From: []
Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2011 3:43 PM
Subject: Fw: Myths and realities of partnership--see the Fall Hank issue!
The Fall 2011 issue of Hank is out! Please do all you can to help bring this issue to people's attention. Below is a brief description and links to the stories, which you can also find (along with the cover image art) at

Partnership? Really? : Is the partnership just a way for unions to grab power? Or is it the opposite--a way for management to co-opt the unions? There's also the thought that partnership is an effective, sustainable way to improve quality and reduce costs. In the 14 years since the LMP was formed, a lot of beliefs have taken hold--myths and realities that the Fall 2011 issue of Hank explores in the cover story. Get a cup of coffee, start reading and wake up to the reality on this side of the rainbow. Features individuals and teams from Colorado; Georgia; Mid-Atlantic States; Fresno, Hayward, Richmond and San Jose medical centers in Northern California; and Woodland Hills in Southern California. (Coming soon: a new LMP video that explores more of these ideas -- watch for an announcement in LMP Flash!)

From the desk of Henrietta: Join the total health revolution

Editor's letter: Whose reality is it, anyway? Be sure to take the quiz and test your LMP savvy! 

All in a Day's Work cartoon: Working in partnership

Back cover poster: Path to Performance online toolkit 


Tyra Ferlatte

Tyra Lucile Ferlatte
Communications manager/Hank editor
Labor Management Partnership
Kaiser Permanente
1 Kaiser Plaza, 24 L, Oakland CA 94612
510.271.5943 office
8.423.5943 internal tieline
510.301.1020 mobile
What's next for Neneki? Well... even though she apparently loves promoting Toto and the Wizard, Tasty hears she’s eying a higher-paying job inside the purple partnership with Kaiser. Sources say that SEIU President Mary Kay Henry appears to be positioning Neneki to take over John August's job as the Executive Director of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions. 

Apparently, MKH has a history of hatin' on John August. In fact, in her earlier days, Mary Kay fired August from his job as Deputy Director when she became the head of SEIU's Healthcare Division. Rumor has it that Mary Kay wants to axe August and appears to be preparing Neneki to take his spot. Looks like things are gonna get violent on the "Other Side of the Rainbow"!