Monday, November 26, 2012

CEO: SEIU's Dave Regan is My BFF

Dave Regan: In the Boss's Pocket

What do the bosses think about SEIU’s Dave Regan?

Check out the Sacramento Business Journal’s interview with Duane Dauner, head of the Chamber of Commerce for California’s hospital industry. 

Dauner is the CEO of the California Hospital Association (CHA), whose members include multi-billion-dollar corporations like Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Dignity Health, HCA, Tenet Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Services.

So what does Dauner think of Regan?  Basically, he’s head over heals for “Wall Street Dave.” 


Since 2009, Regan has given up hundreds of millions of dollars of concessions to the state’s hospital corporations, including eliminating workers’ defined-benefit pension plans, slashing their health insurance, subcontracting workers’ jobs, imposing invasive corporate wellness programs on workers, laying off thousands of caregivers, imposing wage freezes, etc.

And Regan has done all of this even though hospital corporations are making mega-profits. For example, since 2009, Kaiser Permanente has pocketed $8.2 billion in profits. And Sutter Health has taken home $1.6 billion in profits in just the past two years.

Last summer, Regan even teamed up with the CHA in a disgraceful, back-door attempt to reverse California’s safe-staffing laws -- a top priority for the industry’s bosses.

No wonder Daune is happy as a pig in sh*t ever since Andy Stern appointed Regan to take over SEIU-UHW!  

Here’s an excerpt from the Business Journal article where Dauner attacks NUHW and CNA for drawing a “line in the sand” and praises SEIU for “working with us." Check out the CNA's response at the end!

No more lines in the sand, says Duane Dauner, president and CEO of the California Hospital Association. If unions are going to make a comeback in America, they’ll have to work with business owners to solve problems together…

Dauner distinguishes between friends and foes. The California Nurses Association and the National Union of Healthcare Workers are in one camp.

Duane Dauner, CEO of CHA
"They look at management and employers as the enemy, Dauner said. "They draw a line in the sand. Anything management does, they are against. It's just 'Give us more and more.'"

Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West and Dave Regan, the local union's president, are in another camp.

"With SEIU, their leadership understands we can’t continue down the track we are on," Dauner said. "They are working with us and we are trying to work with them on health care policy and high-road labor relations."

This includes a joint effort to improve the health status of employees while addressing the cost drivers in health care through a multifaceted "Let's Get Healthy California" campaign.

"We have to look at this much more globally," Dauner said. "That's what we are trying to do with SEIU, while CNA has its own agenda."

No lie, countered CNA spokesman Chuck Idelson, dismissing SEIU's Regan as "effectively, an employee of CHA."