The National Union of Healthcare Workers announced its intention to file charges today against rival union Service Employees International Union.Here, kitty-kitty-kitty...
The announcement comes after SEIU won the employee election 2,938 to 2,705.
In an election that brought attention to proposed budget cuts that would affect the wages of health care workers across California, several allegations have been made by NUHW against SEIU, including vandalism, violence and illegal campaign tactics.
“Some of the things I’ve heard (are) just preposterous,” said Dave Regan, an executive vice president with SEIU. “When you lose, and you tell everyone you have to win, there’s wild allegations and sour grapes.”
Sarah Jones, a spokesperson for NUHW said charges will be filed with the California Public Employees Relations Board against SEIU, alleging interference with the voting process. Charges will also be filed against the state mediation service election officer.
Both unions had representatives present to observe the ballot counting — which was done twice.
Erika Monterroza, a public information officer with the State Mediation and Conciliation Service, said 100 to 150 ballots were challenged, but both sides later agreed to drop the challenge. Monterroza said the challenged ballots wouldn’t make a difference in the outcome.
“Throughout the election, SEIU demonstrated an appalling disregard for the truth and the law,” said Jones.
Regan said SEIU is undeterred by the allegations, and the organization will continue to take steps to work for health care workers in the state.
“They predicted a victory and they lost,” Regan said. “They have to figure out a way to talk away the facts.”
Do we remember the 5000-vote prediction? Do we remember Thug Regan stating he didn't want a 52-48 SEIU victory (which it is at least for now)? Do we remember Thug Regan stating he didn't want a SEIU win by a "just a few hundred votes" (when it stands right now at 233)?
Are there any SEIU "facts" that ole Thug Regan wants to walk back from?