Monday, April 7, 2014

Source: SEIU-UHW's Dave Regan Signed "Unpublished Side Letter" to Force Cuts on Kaiser Workers

It's been widely reported that SEIU-UHW and the other "partnership unions" have already signed a deal that allows Kaiser Permanente to slash their members' defined-benefit pensions and health benefits.

Now, for the first time, sources are providing details about the secret deal. Here's what they say.

Sources say the deal was inked during the final hours of the partnership negotiations in 2012. At that point, Regan and John August (Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions) signed an "unpublished side letter" that requires SEIU-UHW and the other partnership unions to eliminate their members' pensions and slash their health benefits.

Because the deal is memorialized as an "unpublished side letter" attached to workers’ contract, Regan and Co. believe they can hide it from the membership.

And that's not the only detail to emerge from Tasty’s sources.

They also describe the precise moment when Regan and his pals inked the dirty deal.

During the final moments of the negotiations, a handful of the partnership union’s fatcat officials met privately with Kaiser's execs. Rank-and-file workers were specifically excluded from the room. And when Regan and August emerged from behind closed doors, they announced that the contract negotiations were done.

This insider’s account matches up perfectly with workers' previously published descriptions of the final hours of the negotiations. Check out an excerpt from a 2012 video-taped interview with Sophia Sims, a rank-and-file member of SEIU-UHW’s bargaining committee who was at the negotiations when Regan, August and other officials stepped behind closed doors to ink the secret deal.

Since that day, Kaiser has attempted to force these same cuts on the members of NUHW and UNITE HERE, who’ve waged multiple strikes against Kaiser with the support of the California Nurses Association. According to sources, Kaiser will soon try to push SEIU-UHW’s cuts on the CNA when 18,000 nurses begin negotiations with Kaiser later this year.

Here’s the video.

Hey SEIU-UHW members… it's time to tell Dave Regan: “Show us the unpublished side letter!”