On Monday, California’s largest newspaper published an editorial bashing SEIU-UHW for its ballot initiative fraud.
The editorial, authored by the Los Angeles Times’ deputy editorial page editor, describes how SEIU-UHW’s Dave Regan twice introduced statewide ballot initiatives for the “ostensible” purpose of protecting taxpayers… but then quickly tossed the public interest into the trash so he could cut secret deals with hospital CEOs.
According to the editorial, the “real purpose” of SEIU-UHW’s ballot measures was making backroom deals with CEOs, “as was made clear in an arbitrator’s report last month.”
“There’s something undeniably distasteful about the SEIU-UHW’s tactics,” says the Times.
That’s for sure.
Regan cynically exploited the public’s anger about soaring income equality, the shrinking middle-class, and worsening poverty... knowing full well he never intended to use voters’ 600,000 signatures to actually win improvements for the public. Instead, Regan traded voters’ signatures like so many poker chips during his secret negotiations with hospital CEOs.
That’s why the Times attacks SEIU-UHW for trying “to harness voters’ resentments to advance its own parochial interests.”
As a result of recent lawsuits, we now know that Regan committed an even bigger betrayal of the public trust.
In his secret deal with hospital CEOs, Regan not only agreed to drop the CEO salary initiative from the ballot, he also signed a gag clause that legally silenced SEIU-UHW from even mentioning CEOs’ off-the-charts salaries.
According to court records, Regan’s secret pact -- called the “Code of Conduct” -- legally prohibited SEIU-UHW from issuing any “communications raising concerns about hospital pricing and executive compensation in health care.” [See Section I(B)(4)(a) of the Code of Conduct]
So just how concerned is Regan about CEOs’ sky-high salaries?
Let’s ask the 85,000 members and staff of SEIU-UHW who’ve had a giant piece of purple duct tape across their mouths for the past two years... thanks to SEIU-UHW President Dave Regan.