Monday, August 12, 2013

Paranoia Grips SEIU-UHW's Dave Regan amid Witch Hunts and 'Dump Dave' Campaign

Tasty recently reported that SEIU-UHW’s Dave Regan has launched a witch hunt against a worker at Kaiser Permanente who challenged Regan during SEIU-UHW’s last internal election.

In July, Regan sent a formal notice to Sophia Sims announcing that an “SEIU Trial Body” would try her on charges that she wore a red t-shirt and supported NUHW during the NLRB’s recent election for 45,000 workers at Kaiser Permanente. 

There’s no word yet on whether Dave and his partner in crime, Stan Lyles, will conduct ‘show trials’ for the more than 13,000 other workers who also supported NUHW in the election.

So by singling out Sophia Sims, it’s clear that Regan is trying to knock her out as a challenger in SEIU-UHW’s upcoming elections. Regan’s kangaroo court will undoubtedly find that Sophia Sims was “disloyal” to the Purple Palace because she exercised her federal right to back one of the two options on the government’s ballot. (That’s SEIU-styled democracy for you.) And Regan will then use the verdict to declare Sims ineligible to run for office.

According to Tasty’s sources, Regan is super nervous about facing an election challenge because more than 13,000 Kaiser workers voted against SEIU-UHW in the recent NLRB election. Presumably, these workers would love to dump Dave and his disastrous reign of failed representation, bullying, and back-door deals with bosses.

Interestingly, Tasty has learned that Dave’s election paranoia has some real roots in reality. Apparently, a “Dump Dave” campaign is being discussed in hospitals across California.  Rumor has it that several well-regarded union members are mulling over the idea of assembling a slate of candidates to run against Regan in elections scheduled for next spring.   

Could this really succeed?

Tasty’s sources say:  “HELL YES.”  They say there’s deep-seated anger at Regan among a big part of the union’s membership. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why.

In fact, the 13,000+ workers who voted for NUHW in the recent Kaiser election are a big base of support… not to mention the thousands of workers at many other companies across the state. And Tasty’s sources point to Regan’s huge vulnerability. In SEIU-UHW’s last internal elections, Regan got only 7,000 votes out of 140,000 eligible voters.

One member put it this way:  “We may be stuck in SEIU right now, but why should we be stuck with a sell-out asshole like Dave Regan.”

Hmmm … “Sounds like the “Dump Dave” campaign is off to a rousing start!