Sunday, August 5, 2012

NLRB Exposes Another Election Fraud by SEIU’s Dave Regan

(Fyi - Tasty has added a copy of the settlement language at the bottom.)

In a decision announced several days ago, the NLRB has reportedly reversed the results of a fraudulent union-representation election after determining that Dave Regan’s SEIU-UHW illegally rigged the vote count in collusion with company executives.  

Here’s what happened.

Eight months ago, SEIU-UHW’s website triumphantly announced that a majority of the 220 workers at Chapman Medical Center -- a non-union hospital in Southern California -- had elected to join SEIU-UHW through a card-check process.

Soon afterwards, some of the hospital’s workers filed charges with the NLRB. They said that a majority of the workers hadn’t signed cards and didn’t want to be represented by Regan’s SEIU-UHW.

So who was telling the truth?

Eventually, the NLRB subpoenaed records from the vote count. And guess what? They found that a majority of the workers did not sign cards to join SEIU-UHW. Regan and the hospital bosses had simply fabricated the results and then lied to the workers.

On June 27, the NLRB issued a formal complaint against SEIU-UHW and the hospital’s executives. The complaint alleges that the SEIU and its business partner forced workers to accept an unwanted union, SEIU-UHW, as workers' bargaining representative.

On August 3, Regan and the Boss signed an out-of-court settlement with the NLRB rather than face a full-blown hearing in front of a judge. The settlement removes SEIU-UHW as the bargaining representative for the hospital's workforce. 

So why would the Boss agree to rig the results in favor of SEIU-UHW?

Well, think about it. If you’re a greedy boss, wouldn’t it be quite convenient to install a company union to do all your dirty work? That way, the company union could do things like, umm, slash the pensions for 14,000 workers at Dignity Health and then lie to workers about the cuts? Or gut the pension and health benefits for thousands of workers at the Daughters of Charity Health System and then ram the concessions down workers’ throats through an undemocratic and unconstitutional ratification vote.

With Regan’s most recent fraud (don't forget Fresno and Kaiser Permanante), Duplicitous Dave has accomplished a stunning “two-fer.”

Regan not only defrauded workers and shattered their trust into a thousand tiny pieces, but he also managed to deliver a serious blow to the efforts of the AFL-CIO and unions across the U.S. to advance "card check" or "majority sign-up" as an improved election procedure for workers. Single-handedly, Regan handed a massive P.R. coup to the right wing, who are already using the news of SEIU’s rigged card-check election to campaign against card-check efforts like the Employee Free Choice Act.

Way to go, Dave!

Here's a copy of the out-of-court settlement and "posting notice" that SEIU-UHW is required to sign by the NLRB. The hospital's executives are required to sign a similar agreement.
NLRB Settlement for SEIU-UHW regarding Rigged Election at Chapman Medical Center (California) August 2012