Prime Healthcare’s bid to purchase the six Daughters of Charity Hospitals in central California continues to breed controversy – all of which can be traced back to the Service Employees United Healthcare West. It began last summer when Prime Healthcare refused to sign a deal that would have pushed through two ballot initiatives in SEIU’s favor.
Since then, Dave Regan has done everything he can to keep Prime Healthcare from purchasing the six hospitals; most recently, by coercing state legislatures (most of whom are in his pocket) to ask Attorney General Kamala Harris to reject Prime’s bid (a privilege delegated to her under Section 5914 of the Nonprofit Corporation Law) and by forcing SEIU-UHW members who work for DCHS to file unfair
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People join unions because they believe in the power of a unified voice and they trust that their union representative is going listen when they talk, understand the problems they are having, and express those ideas to upper management in such a way that a better workplace environment is created. That is, after all, a union representative’s job. Specifically, they are “the staffers who help workers with day-to-day worksite problems, grievances, arbitrations, contract enforcement problems, etc.”
A leaked document of a recent in-house survey of SEIU-UHW representatives showed that the majority of SEIU-UHW staffers are beyond unhappy with the representation they receive; so Dave Regan, being the competent leader that he is, proposed a plan to get rid of some of inept representatives within their organization. Come to find out, seven of the eight representatives who are getting let
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