Saturday, July 18, 2015

SEIU-UHW's Dave Regan and California Hospital CEOs Borrow a Page from Ronald Reagan's Playbook

Reagan's "Peacekeeper"
Here's more news about SEIU-UHW's secret deal with the California Hospital Association (CHA).

According to a complaint that NUHW recently filed with California Attorney General Kamala Harris, SEIU-UHW and hospital CEOs recently set up a corporate entity to implement the terms of their secret partnership deal. The new corporation is responsible for enforcing the gag clauses that reportedly block workers from reporting patient-care violations to local, state, and federal agencies.

The corporation is governed by a board of directors that includes Regan and hospital CEOs.

What to call the newly formed company responsible for gagging tens of thousands of hospital workers?

Well, Regan and his pin-striped industry pals decided to borrow a page from Ronald Reagan’s playbook by naming their new corporation "Caring for Californians." 

In the 1980s, Reagan famously named a newly developed U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile, which carries up to ten 300-kiloton nuclear warheads, "The Peacekeeper."

Here's a letter printed on "Caring for Californians" letterhead. The company's office is located in the same building as the California Hospital Association. Both Reagan and the CHA's CEO Duane Dauner signed the letter as the "Co-Chairs" of "Caring for Californians." 

The letter also notes that Greg Adams (the President of Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Region) is the "Treasurer" of "Caring for Californians." More records are below.

Arianna Jimenez
Here are two filings that "Caring for Californians" made with the California Secretary of State, including its "Articles of Incorporation." 

The documents again name Duane Dauner and Kaiser's Greg Adams as key officers of the new company. 

One of the records also names SEIU-UHW's Arianna Jimenez as the "Secretary" of the company. Jimenez is UHW’s "Statewide Political Director" and a member of the union's "Executive Committee."