Thursday, May 3, 2012

More Info on SEIU-UHW's Cuts at Daughters of Charity

A source gave Tasty more details about two of the cuts that SEIU-UHW officials accepted at the Daughters of Charity Health System. Of course, these are the same cuts that SEIU then tried to ram down workers' throats through an unconstitutional 'ramrod' ratification vote.

First, SEIU-UHW allowed the company to implement a "Wellness Program" for the SEIU's 3,000 members. Under this program, workers will be forced to pay penalties of more than $5,000 a year if they don't comply with the company's "wellness assessments."

Check out the following chart, prepared by SEIU-UHW officials, that describes the "Wellness penalties" now facing workers at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose, CA. Note that "Fam" refers to "family health coverage," "EE" refers to "employee-only health coverage," etc.

In addition, Regan and Co. let company officials freeze workers' defined-benefit pension plan and replace it with a cheap 401(k) plan. Pasted below is the exact contract language that SEIU's Julie Kwiek approved. Note that the "RPA Plan" is the new 401(k) plan. The "Daughters of Charity Retirement Plan" and the "RPHE" are the defined-benefit pension plans that have covered employees at the various hospitals for many years.

And that's not all. Tasty has learned that Dave Regan and Co. also approved a two-tiered system of retirement benefits under the new 401(k) plan. Basically, employees hired after January 1, 2013 will receive even lower 401(k) benefits than those hired before that date.

What's even more disgusting? These massive pension and health insurance cuts are the reductions that Dave Regan handed over to the company in order to impose a scheme to prevent workers from leaving SEIU-UHW.