Union leaders in flap over nurse-to-patient ratios

Kathy Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, June 20, 2012 The president of a large health care union local made an unprecedented move last week to get support for legislation to temporarily relax nurse-to-patient ratios at California hospitals during meal and rest times. Dave Regan, top exec at Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West, asked the board of the California Labor Federation in a call Thursday to “go neutral” on a bill if one was proposed. The Labor Fed turned him down 60-2. The two “yes” votes were SEIU members. ... Union