Sunday, October 30, 2011

1,200 Bay Area Hospital Workers Request Election to Decertify SEIU-UHW

Remember this post about SEIU-UHW officials' backroom deal to cut workers’ retirement plan, health insurance and other benefits at El Camino Hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area? Well, last week a local newspaper reported that the hospital's 1,200 workers filed a petition to decertify SEIU-UHW.

Tasty hears that Dave Regan and Co. are totally panicked about the request by workers. Bruce Harland (SEIU-UHW’s attorney) has apparently been doing back-flips to try to block the election -- even asking the labor board to impose an injunction to stop workers from voting.

And Tasty hears that SEIU officials -- including Lilly Vallee -- have been begging workers from nearby hospitals to come onto SEIU’s payroll as “Lost-Timers” to campaign for SEIU because SEIU doesn’t have enough workers inside the hospital to support it.  

What’s the story behind the decert effort? Apparently, the employees at El Camino Hospital are self-organized, and they collected 500 signatures on the decertification petition all by themselves. The petition seeks to decertify SEIU-UHW and doesn't ask to replace it with another union.

Why do workers want to get out of SEIU-UHW? According to the article, here’s what one worker said: 

  "What am I getting for my money?" asked Robert De Salvo. "I'm getting absolutely zero."

 Stay tuned!