Tasty hears that Dave Regan's latest conjugal adventure with the hospital industry is sparking divisions even inside SEIU.
The divisions, say sources, emerged during last week's meeting of the SEIU International Executive Board in Ontario, Canada.
(Interestingly, at the time of the meeting, Regan was supposed to be getting questioned in front of an NLRB judge in California, but instead skipped town in violation of the judge's orders and a subpoena.)
The divisions at the IEB meeting were provoked by news that Regan -- in an effort to curry favor with his pinstriped pals at the California Hospital Association -- has hired a team of hospital industry consultants to steer healthcare services out of hospitals and into outpatient clinics. Many SEIU officials fear that Regan's efforts will lead to huge job losses among SEIU’s members across the U.S.
In California, Regan has presided over the elimination of large numbers of SEIU-UHW members’ jobs, including hundreds at Sutter Health's Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, California and thousands at Kaiser Permanente.
Apparently, the top dogs at SEIU’s California locals were especially critical of Regan, including Luisa Blue of Local 521, LaPhonza Butler of United Long Term Care Workers, and Bob Schoonover of Local 721.
How deep are the divisions inside SEIU’s International Executive Board?
Tasty's source describes them as "deeper than ever."