Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Worker Wins First Round of Battle against Dignity Health; SEIU-UHW's Dave Regan Hides in Boss's Bed

Here’s an update from an earlier story.

Remember the California worker who filed a class-action lawsuit against Dignity Health after SEIU-UHW’s Dave Regan failed to do anything to protect the retirement benefits of 15,000 SEIU-UHW members?

Last April, the worker filed a federal lawsuit to force Dignity to fix the massive underfunding of workers’ retirement benefits. The lawsuit says that Dignity has shorted workers’ retirement funds by $1.2 billion… and asks the court to force Dignity to make workers whole for lost benefits!

Here’s the latest.

Last month, the worker won the first round of the legal battle in federal court! Here's what happened. 

Dignity hired a team of lawyers and tried to knock the lawsuit out of court. But on December 12, 2013, the judge issued a 13-page ruling (see below) that delivered a smack-down to Dignity and handed a first-round victory to workers! Now, the lawsuit can move forward to the next stage.

Where’s SEIU-UHW in all of this?

AWOL. Regan and his buddies have climbed so far in bed with Dignity’s fatcat executives that they’d never think of actually fighting the company!

Here’s the judge’s ruling: