Thursday, June 26, 2014

Partnership Pals Discuss Cost-Cutting in Hotel Ballrooms

Kaiser workers who are members of SEIU and the other “partnership unions” might be interested to know what their union leaders and bosses are saying inside hotel conference rooms.

Earlier this month, the Labor and Employment Relations Association held its annual conference at the Hilton Portland and Executive Towers in Portland, Oregon.

During the conference, John August gave a speech titled “Examples from the Labor-Management Partnership at Kaiser Permanente: Cost Reduction in Health Care,” according to the conference schedule.  

Until recently, August served as the head of the “Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions” (CKPU) -- aka, the partnership unions -- where he teamed up with SEIU-UHW’s Dave Regan to push a "21st century" style of unionism that involves slashing workers' benefits to boost Kaiser's bottom line.

Meanwhile, Kaiser’s Dennis Dabney gave a speech about “Navigating the Workforce of the Future in Partnership.” Tasty only wishes that Dabney had discussed the topic of “How Corporations Give Forgivable Tax-Free Loans to Fatcat Execs While Simultaneously Attempting to Slash Workers' Benefits."

It turns out that when Dabney quit his job as the V.P. of Human Resources at First Energy Corp. and then took his new position as the Senior V.P. for Labor Relations at Kaiser, the nonprofit HMO gave him a tax-free forgivable loan of $300,000 to help poor Dennis relocate to Kaiser's HQ in Oakland, California, according to Kaiser's tax returns.

And here's a speech that'll no doubt show up on Netflix sometime soon.

Conference-goers were graced by the presence of none other than SEIU’s David Rolf (aka “Clueless in Seattle”), who discoursed about new telephone apps and online petitions in a spellbinding speech entitled “Innovative Strategies for Organized Labor.”