Friday, December 14, 2012

SEIU-UHW Negotiates Deep Cuts for Thousands of Sutter Health Workers

Tasty hears that Dave Regan is bringing his concessionary caravan to more than a half dozen Sutter Health hospitals that employ thousands of SEIU-UHW’s members. Sutter is the largest hospital chain in Northern California and has pocketed $1.6 billion in profits during the past two years.  

Readers may recall that in August, Regan cut a deal with Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center that allowed the hospital to subcontract more than 100 of SEIU-UHW members' jobs -- or nearly 10% of the entire bargaining unit.

So what’s the latest?

Several weeks ago, Regan negotiated a new contract for SEIU-UHW’s members at Sutter Lakeside Hospital. SEIU's new deal slashes workers’ health benefits and imposes a wage freeze during the first year of the contract -- just like the wage freeze that Regan negotiated for 14,000 workers at Dignity Health/Catholic Healthcare West.

Regan also inked new contracts for SEIU-UHW’s members at Sutter’s St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco and Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa. Under these deals, workers will be forced to pay hundreds of dollars each month for a health insurance plan that’s always been free. Here’s an excerpt from the tentative agreement, signed by SEIU-UHW’s Julie Kwiek, that puts workers on the hook to pay at least 27% of the monthly health premiums by the end of the contract. (Click on image below to enlarge it.)

Oh, and that’s not all.  SEIU-UHW officials agreed to cut workers’ reporting pay in half and to implement a corporate wellness program.

Then, on Wednesday of this week, workers at Sutter Solano Medical Center reported that SEIU-UHW officials negotiated another sell-out contract deal.

Yesterday, SEIU bargained with Sutter Roseville Medical Center and, according to workers, was trying to force huge concessions down the throats of workers. Members of SEIU-UHW’s own bargaining committee began rebelling against their union as reports circulated that Regan had cut a secret back-room deal with the company’s execs to slash their benefits.

More to come!