Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Workers at Giant CA Hospital Seek to Bolt SEIU-UHW

Several days ago, Tasty reported that workers at three California healthcare facilities had filed petitions to dump SEIU-UHW and join NUHW.

Well... it's time to add another facility to the list!

Today, the 1,200 workers at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, California filed their own NLRB petition to decertify Dave Regan's SEIU-UHW and join NUHW. The action is significant because the hospital -- with 925 beds -- is one of the largest in California.

Tasty hears that the hospital's workers are itching to get out of SEIU. Under the NLRB's rules, signatures are required from at least 30% of the workforce in order to trigger an election. In this case, however, a super-majority of the workers signed petitions in a matter of days.

Tasty hears that workers are especially upset with Regan's concessionary bargaining, including his recent deal to subcontract the jobs of roughly 10% of the workers to Utah. Furthermore, workers report that SEIU-UHW makes no effort whatsoever to enforce the contract, allowing management to do whatever it wants.

So how far has SEIU-UHW climbed into bed with the hospital's execs? Well, several months ago the SEIU-UHW Field Rep who's assigned to the hospital -- Dominic Mitchell -- took a job as on of the hospital's Human Resources Agents! That's right. He's now responsible for disciplining and firing the same union members that he was responsible for protecting.

And in another famous episode of Regan's special kind of partnership with the Boss, SEIU-UHW staffers Cass Gualvez, Erica McDuffy and Carrie Cianchetti worked hand-in-hand with Sutter’s executives to illegally fire a longtime rank-and-file worker at the same hospital, which is detailed in this judge’s 50-page ruling.

Congrats to all the workers at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center!