Tuesday, March 10, 2015

War Intensifies between SEIU’s Mary Kay Henry and Dave Regan

Sources describe an escalating war between SEIU President Mary Kay Henry and SEIU-UHW President Dave Regan.

At a January meeting in Puerto Rico, Henry and the SEIU International Executive Board (IEB) ordered Regan to transfer SEIU-UHW’s 65,000 nursing home and home care workers to SEIU Local 6434

Regan successfully pleaded with the IEB to postpone the transfer until this summer.

In recent weeks, however, Regan changed his tune... and delivered a new response to Henry’s order: 

“Hell No!”

In fact, Regan reportedly told Henry she will face “a war” unless she reverses the decision. 

That's not all. Regan threatened Henry by saying his war will be bigger than anything experienced by SEIU… ever!

Way to go, Dave!

So what's going on?

Regan is reportedly maneuvering behind the scenes to oust Henry from her presidential suite at the Purple Palace during SEIU's 2016 elections, which are held at SEIU’s once-every-four-years convention.

In response, Henry has rallied her supporters on the IEB to get Regan to transfer SEIU-UHW’s 65,000 nursing home and home care workers to SEIU Local 6434. By transferring the workers, Regan will lose the "delegated votes" of these 65,000 homecare members during the 2016 elections… and the votes will instead be cast by Henry's ally, Laphonza Butler (the president of Local 6434).

These, my friends, are the political motives that fuel the war between Regan and Henry.

So where does order to transfer SEIU-UHW’s 65,000 long-term care workers come from?

Back in January of 2009, Henry’s predecessor (Andy Stern) manufactured the order as a pretext for ousting his internal critics and pro-democracy reformers -- Sal Rosselli and his team -- from SEIU.

After removing Rosselli and thousands of rank-and-file stewards and elected officers, Stern and Mary Kay Henry conveniently ignored Stern’s order -- essentially acknowledging it was nothing more than a blatant political ploy. 

Now, fast-forward six years… and Stern's long-neglected “transfer” order has been resurrected once again because it's found a new political purpose inside the Machiavellian machinations that swirl inside the dark corridors of the Purple Palace.

Quite a story, right?

More to follow…