Wednesday, June 17, 2015

SEIU-UHW's Dave Regan Rains on Mary Kay Henry's Big New Union

It turns out that SEIU-UHW’s Dave Regan is a sore loser.

Diamond Dave recently lost his battle with SEIU President Mary Kay Henry over the transfer of 65,000 long-term care workers into a new local union (SEIU Local 2015).

Check out the following letter sent by SEIU-UHW to its soon-to-be-transferred nursing home and home care members.

Obviously, Regan can’t blast Mary Kay head-on. He’s part of SEIU. And a full frontal attack would violate all of SEIU’s rules. Given those constraints, however, Regan does his best to piss all over Mary Kay’s decision and to inflame workers’ opposition to SEIU and Mary Kay Henry.

Just how angry is Dave? 

Take note of the first line (“Dear…”), where Dave has removed "SEIU" from the union's title. Further below, see SEIU’s counter-message to workers in a recently delivered glossy mailer extolling the wondrous virtues of SEIU Local 2015.

Stay tuned for more volleys in the ongoing "war" between Diamond Dave and Mary Kay...

Dear UHW member,
We are writing to inform you that our national organization, SEIU, has decided to remove the care and nursing home members from the local union you have always been a part of (SEIU-UHW), and put you in a new organization called SEIU Local 2015. The new organization will be run by leaders appointed by the SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. You may receive phone calls, mailings or visits from SEIU to give you more information about this…
The elected leaders of SEIU-UHW urged SEIU not to separate home care and nursing home workers from the hospital workers in our union and instead unite all healthcare workers in one powerful organization. The leaders of SEIU decided on a different path and soon you will be transitioned into SEIU Local 2015.