Sunday, May 3, 2015

SEIU-UHW’s Dave Regan: “Mary Kay Henry is a disappointment”

Regan and Henry during a friendlier moment
Here's the complete version of the resolution that Dave Regan had SEIU-UHW's Executive Board pass at its March meeting. The resolution is one of the volleys in Regan’s self-described war against SEIU's President Mary Kay Henry and the SEIU International Executive Board (IEB).

In January, the SEIU IEB ordered SEIU-UHW and SEIU Local 521 to finally carry out a six-year-old order to consolidate SEIU's California long-term care workers into a single local union, SEIU Local 6434. At the January meeting, the presidents of the three affected local unions pledged to refrain from talking publicly about the IEB's order.

That's why SEIU officials erupted in anger when Regan had SEIU-UHW's Executive Board pass the following resolution just weeks later.

Here are a few excerpts from the resolution, with full text below. (Fyi, SEIU Local 6434 is also known as “ULTCW” or "United Long Term Care Workers Union.")

In January 2015, SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry announced that she had decided to re-visit the question of local union structure for healthcare workers in California. SEIU-UHW invited President Henry to come and talk to our elected leadership about this decision and she declined to do so.

Therefore be it resolved that in the spirit of our union’s slogan, “Stronger Together,” the SEIU-UHW Executive Board calls for the creation of one statewide healthcare union in California that unites home care, nursing home and hospital workers…

Be it further resolved that SEIU-UHW strongly opposes efforts to divide healthcare workers in California because it would weaken all healthcare workers and make the previously referenced goals unachievable.

Be it further resolved that SEIU-UHW expresses its disappointment that the International President of SEIU declined our invitation to come and talk to our elected leadership about this decision that will have a profound impact on healthcare workers and patients in California.

Be it further resolved that this resolution, expressing the strongly held convictions of the leadership of SEIU-UHW’s home care, hospital, Kaiser and nursing home members, be distributed to the leadership of the International Union and to others within SEIU who care about the future of healthcare workers.