Tuesday, March 13, 2012

SEIU Hereby Waives Your Rights!

Apparently, SEIU-UHW officials are not satisfied by simply conspiring with Kaiser Permanente to slash workers’ pensions and benefits.

So they’ve launched new schemes to help Kaiser do an end-run around vital protections built into workers’ union contract. Here’s what’s happening:

Kaiser -- like many companies -- would love to hire lots of short-hour employees who don’t get benefits. Fortunately, workers’ long-standing union contract protects against this kind of money-grubbing abuse. Under the contract, if Kaiser works you more than 20 hours a week for a period of time, then the company is required to convert you to a “benefitted” position that provides you with health insurance, sick leave, vacation pay, etc.

Err... at least that’s the way it used to work... that is, until SEIU’s DC officials took over the job of “enforcing” Kaiser workers’ contract. 

According to workers at Kaiser Roseville Medical Center, managers in the Environmental Services (EVS) Department have begun instructing short-hour employees to sign a nifty “waiver” that’s pictured below. The form -- which is entitled “Environmental Service Conversion Waiver” -- asks workers to sign away their right to be converted to a benefitted position. Here's what it says:  
I, _____________ (Employee Name and Employee ID), authorize to waive my contractual rights to a conversion from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012.
Tasty hears that managers are telling short-hour workers that UNLESS they sign the waiver, management will refuse to give them ANY hours of work at all. When some workers pushed back, managers told them that SEIU had already approved the “waiver form!”

Tasty investigated the legality of the SEIU/Kaiser waiver, and Tasty’s sources say it’s completely illegal. You can’t give away your contractually guaranteed rights by signing a form. So don't sign! And tell SEIU and Kaiser to put their illegal form where it belongs!