Sunday, April 12, 2015

NLRB: Hospital Workers Ousted SEIU-UHW, Voted to Join NUHW

Last month, the NLRB issued a 55-page decision that confirmed the results of an NLRB election conducted last year in which more than 700 workers at a Northern California hospital voted to dump SEIU-UHW and join NUHW.

The 55-page decision concludes a year-long investigation into legal challenges filed by SEIU-UHW after the March 2014 election at Seton Medical Center, located just south of San Francisco.

The outcome of the investigation?

Last month, the NLRB threw out all of SEIU-UHW's legal challenges, stating the following:
…none of the Intervenor's [SEIU-UHW’s] objections raises a substantial or material issue of fact or law that would warrant a hearing in this matter.” (p. 54)

The NLRB also called for the election results to be honored by certifying NUHW as the workers' union.

Instead, SEIU-UHW appealed the NLRB's decision to the agency's Washington DC headquarters in an effort to frustrate and delay workers' election decision.

Meanwhile, at Seton Medical Center, SEIU-UHW's name is usually mentioned amidst a string of four-letter words and colorful expletives, say workers. Not only has SEIU-UHW refused to accept workers' election results, it recently began threatening retaliation against workers for not paying dues to SEIU-UHW -- even though workers voted more than a year ago to dump SEIU-UHW.

Back in 2012, SEIU-UHW's President Dave Regan gave away workers' defined-benefit pension plan, cut their health benefits, and implemented an intrusive Wellness Program… and then literally forced the cuts down workers’ throats of by conducting a ‘ramrod’ ratification vote that violated SEIU's constitution.

It's no wonder, then, that workers say SEIU and Diamond Dave would rank below convicted murderer/cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer in a popularity poll among workers.