Thursday, February 23, 2012

Year-Old Kaiser Permanente Document Points to Backroom Deal

Insiders say SEIU’s Dave Regan has already inked a secret deal with Kaiser Permanente to slash SEIU members' pension and health benefits during upcoming negotiations. Meanwhile, a reader spotted an interesting reference -- printed in a legal document that Kaiser sent to bond investors -- about the HMO's year-old effort to 'negotiate with unions' to cut these benefits. Here’s the two-sentence statement, which is buried on page 22 of the 188-page document that was printed in April of 2011. (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

Here’s the title of the document:

Does Tasty believe that SEIU officials have already signed a backroom deal to cut workers’ benefits?

Absolutely. Think about it. Joe Simoes (the Director of SEIU-UHW's Kaiser Division) recently revealed that SEIU and Kaiser have scheduled precisely 18 days of bargaining to complete complicated negotiations during which Kaiser seeks to slash billions of dollars from workers'  benefits... including workers’ defined-benefit pensions, health insurance and retiree health benefits. 

And get this:  SEIU and Kaiser have already pinpointed the precise date in May when the two "labor-management partners" will sign the dotted line on their new labor contract.

In Tasty's view, it's abundantly clear that a deal is already cooked. What's left are choreographed negotiations that SEIU and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions will try to use to give a facade of legitimacy to their concessions, so they can then try to "sell" their deal to workers.