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Facts About 1199NW SEIU

It is important that members of 1199NW learn true facts about their own union.  Time for a little transparency! 

Actions that occur this year and early next year may result in a change of the exclusive bargaining representative for DSHS Registered Nurses.  During the past years the union has withdrawn many key grievances against the wishes of its members.  Some of the withdrawn grievances pertained to the following:

  • Equal Time Worked for Equal Time Compensated  (the 15 minute issue)
  • Call Back Unpaid Wage Reimbursement 
  • Forced Holiday’s Off for RN Class Only
  • Timekeeping (falsification of public timekeeping records by CIBS)

I believe that DSHS RN’s should decertify the RN union early next year by authorizing a decertification vote to be held by PERC.  Petition collection will begin after July 2016.  Some reasons I advocate for decertification are the following reasons:

  • Failure to follow Bylaws since inception of the union.  The union never appointed a District Hearing & Appeals Board so as to provide union oversight and hear cases of misconduct by union officers.
  • Invalidating legal elections pursuant to union organizer controlled election board, doing the bidding of union officers and not membership.
  • Fixing elections by preventing participation of objecting members who are denied due process.
  • Withdrawing grievances without obtaining membership approval.
  • Allowing zero union dues to go back to the chapter for use as chapter members would decide.
  • Zero compensation for elected chapter officers.
  • Elected chapter officers that are not compensated, are required to comply with paid union organizers.
  • District union officers can never be opposed in an election due to the petition process.
  • District union officers appoint their own hearings body when charges are filed against them.

It is important that RN’s get to know SEIU Local 1199NW.  The information which is being presented was obtained from:  (Please take time to explore that website by clicking the logo below)

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SEIU Local 1199NW has 19,676 members and has accumulated $11,930,617 in assets.  It employs 269 persons (officers, organizers, etc.).  It receives $16,064,587 per year in union dues from members.

Its union officers and organizers earn the following:

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SEIU Local 1199NW political spending by history is divided in the following manner:

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Data with regarding to crime, corruption, and racketeering can be found by clicking below:

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SEIU Local 1199NW has undergone 56 decertification efforts.  The most recent decertification attempts are listed below:

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 SEIU Local 1199NW has had 15 unfair labor practice allegations.  They can be viewed by clicking below:

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SEIU Local 1199NW has the following spending patterns:

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Please note above that this is a breakdown from a members normal union dues.  The above numbers do not reflect funding provided by the union via its voluntary political action dues funds.  I urge all members to attend at least one executive board meeting…  Observe how may grievances or labor related issues are discussed (zero).  Observe how much time is spent on liberal “progressive” political issues (entire meeting).  Observe thousands of dollars of dues go to “progressive” cause donations at the end of each and every executive board meeting.  I want members to truly observe the true nature of 1199NW.

As for the structure of the union I can state the following from direct observation:

  • District Officers issue directives to its paid union organizers who actually run the chapter membership.
  • District Officers appoint paid union organizers to run election committees as “members in good standing.”
  • District Officers appoint their own hearings boards when a complaint has been filed against a District Officer.
  • Paid union organizers and District Officers can withdraw grievances without consulting membership.
  • There is no form of chain of command or oversight structure between Chapter and District Office.
  • There is no searchable database of grievances.  Thus zero learning occurres with each grievance. 
  • Zero dollars of union dues come back to ANY Chapter to allow the Chapter members to purchase resources.
  • Zero elected chapter officers receive compensation of any kind.

In upcoming blogs I will address the unions’ recent attacks on the Freedom Foundation.  The Freedom Foundation is similar to the Center for Union Facts which compiled the data which you just viewed.  Transparency is important.  I can attest to the fact that the RN Union does not follow its own Bylaws.  Transparency is the only answer.  With transparency, members can determine if it is proper to decertify a union.

Service Improvement Agreement (SIA) Signed

(Blog updated and modified 6/4/16)

As you may have heard from print media and TV, Western State Hospital has signed a Service Improvement Agreement (SIA) in order to save close to $65 million in federal funding.  See below stories:

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Click here to see and get a copy of the signed Service Improvement Agreement.

It is important to understand how unusual it is that the federal government (CMS) granted Washington State such an agreement.  SIA’s are VERY rare, and the one that was granted WSH is precedent setting…  I do not believe that it would have occurred unless this happened to be an election year in a state that was undergoing a gubernatorial election in November.  

Learn about the gubernatorial candidate viewpoints on WSH by clicking on each name below:

Should the candidates wish to add a different reference to viewpoints on Western State Hospital, please let me know and I will post that data as an addendum and note it in my most recent blog entry.

In order to enter into a Service Improvement Agreement (SIA) the following must occur:

DSHS has chosen Clinical Services Management (CSM) an its consultant.  This is a company that is based in Midland Park, New Jersey.  It was established in 1997 “to provide a comprehensive range of services to behavioral healthcare, including programs in mental health, substance abuse, developmental/intellectual disabilities, and social services.”

Of particular interest is the following service that CSM can provide:

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Why is this interesting?  It provides for full and complete outsourcing of WSH personnel as required.  See the following advertisement provided by CSM:

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Look at the following “Outsourced Clinical Staffing” advertisement:

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Please take the time to go to the CSM Website and explore the many INTERESTING areas of services they provide.    

Western State Hospital is in a unique and rare situation at this time.  Obtaining external consultations is NOT new.  In the past two years DSHS entered into a $75,000 contract with The Nash Group to provide solutions for staffing issues at WSH.  When Western State Hospital received the final report, DSHS immediately suppressed the recommendations, findings, as well as the report itself.  

The initiation of a Service Improvement Agreement assures that the appropriate corrections WILL be implemented or WSH will lose federal funding.  I believe that CSM is capable of learning the truth and changing the culture of Western State Hospital for the future.  This is the last and best chance for WSH to provide the best patient care possible for the future.  

To all employees of Western State Hospital, please be open and FULLY honest when you are approached by the following CSM Consultants:

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I believe that CSM can deduce what has been taking place and CAN make the appropriate directives for DSHS to follow.  I had the pleasure of meeting two members today and was very impressed.  

This blog was modified as it reflected two years of frustration in an overt manner.  The SIA represents a required change.  When the previous CEO departed, we saw WSH acting in the same manner.  Doctors remain reassigned and are unable to provide patient care for political reasons.  Doctor’s and RN’s continue to resign.  The RN union continues to negotiate away RN rights (comp time earning on holidays) and withdraws grievances that were filed to recover unpaid (callback) wages.  Employee timekeeping continues to be falsified by CIBS, resulting in overpayment of wages to thousands of employees…  Wages that could go towards providing additional direct care staff, yet the RN union does nothing.  The new CEO has not demonstrated an open door policy, just like her predecessor.  With the advent of independent oversight represented by the SIA, systems and structures will change to allow for open communication.  The Legislature will finally get accurate information so that proper resources are provided.  RN’s can choose to address their union this year and initiate true lasting change.

I again state that the opinions that I express in my blogs are my own and do NOT in any way represent the views of DSHS or any other organization.  


© Paul Vilja 2017