Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Nurses: We Beat Back Dave Regan's Deal with Hospital Industry

Remember Dave Regan's dirty deal with California’s hospital industry to undercut the state’s nurse-to-patient staffing law?

Well here's the latest development:  a leaflet announcing that the California Nurses Association beat back "the bid by SEIU-UHW head Dave Regan and the California Hospital Association (CHA)" to roll back the safe-staffing legislation.

For those who don’t know it, the CHA is the Chamber of Commerce for the state’s hospital industry and is run by the CEOs from multi-billion-dollar corporations like HCA, Tenet Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Dignity Health, etc. 

Regan -- in addition to partnering with hospital corporations to slash workers’ benefits -- has partnered with the CHA to undermine patient and worker safety legislation. Here’s how the leaflet from the California Nurses Association puts it:  
Who is Regan’s new partner? The CHA lobbies for the state’s biggest hospital employers to eliminate meals, breaks, and other workplace protections, cut wages and other standards for hospital workers, and to silence the voice of unions.
And here’s another excerpt from the leaflet:
Regan is undermining standards for RNs and other staff with his advocacy for hospital profits. He has signed contract concessions in healthcare coverage and pensions that harm nurses seeking to defend safe working conditions and living standards for their colleagues and families.
Here’s the full leaflet about Regan's dirty deal, which prompted one of SEIU's own officials to famously write: "No idea what Dave was thinking."