Dave Regan recently had a conference call with SEIU-UHW’s staff and told them, "We're at war with the International union," according to sources inside the union.
This is the latest chapter in Reagan's deepening battle with SEIU President Mary Kay Henry and SEIU's International Executive Board, which in January ordered Regan to finally comply with a six-year-old order to transfer SEIU-UHW’s 65,000 home care and nursing home workers to SEIU Local 6434.
According to Tasty’s sources, some of SEIU-UHW’s staff were taken aback by Regan's call to arms.
Meanwhile, a bunker-like atmosphere has reportedly descended on the union, with the union’s top officials and staffers nervously looking over their shoulders amid suspicions about loyalties. "Is s/he with us or against us?"
A number of SEIU-UHW staffers formerly worked for Mary Kay Henry and SEIU International. These staffers have greater loyalty to the Purple Palace than to Regan. Diamond Dave and his top lieutenants are fully aware of this, say sources, and are growing increasingly nervous about “moles” inside SEIU-UHW who are leaking information to Mary Kay Henry.
Regan, who’s notorious for conducting "witchhunts" and loyalty trials among the union's membership, will likely soon be deploying these tactics on his own staff.