Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Would You Spend $5.5 Million on This?

Get ready for SEIU’s next campaign of dishonesty and deception.

Last week, Tasty described how Dave Regan was desperately seeking a face-saving maneuver to hide the fact that he wasted $5.5 million of SEIU-UHW members’ dues money on two statewide ballot initiatives that were destined for failure from the outset.

Well, today, Regan launched a cover-up scheme that’s so pathetic, it’s laughable. 

In a press release, Regan explained that he’s decided to drop SEIU-UHW’s ballot initiatives because he’s reached a “visionary agreement” with the California Hospital Association.

So what’s the California Hospital Association (CHA)? It’s the ‘Chamber of Commerce’ for California’s hospital industry and is dominated by California’s multi-billion-dollar hospital corporations.

So what does Regan’s "visionary agreement" actually say? Not much… besides committing SEIU to pimp for the Big Bosses and their cost-cutting agenda. Here are some excerpts:
Talks between CHA and SEIU-UHW have focused on establishing a new vision for health care in California, public policy priorities and organizational relationships. These discussions have resulted in an understanding that hospitals and SEIU-UHW embrace many of the same goals and values
Hmm… that’s interesting. Do these “same goals and values” include slashing workers’ pensions and health benefits, like the cuts that Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health and the Daughters of Charity Health System are actively imposing on SEIU-UHW’s own members?

Here’s another excerpt:
The agreement calls for CHA and SEIU-UHW to develop and advocate public policies that benefit patients and promote efficiency and cost-effectiveness
Sounds like the Boss talking, right?
CHA also is joining SEIU-UHW in the promotion of a healthier California by supporting its "Let's Get Healthy California" campaign to reduce chronic disease and improve the health status of Californians for future generations.
Bosses love Wellness Programs. And now they’ve got SEIU to do the dirty work of pushing these programs on workers… just like they did at the Daughters of Charity.

Tasty searched through the rest of Regan’s press release, but he can’t find anything of meaning or substance. That didn’t stop SEIU’s Steve Trossman from larding the press release with more superlatives than you can shake a stick it. In fact, the press release says Regan’s agreement is not just “visionary,” it’s also “comprehensive,” “strategic,” “historic,” “farsighted,” “unprecedented”… 

Talk about putting lipstick on a pig! But then again, you need a lot of lipstick to cover up a $5.5 million boneheaded blunder!