Kaiser spokesman Jim Anderson said 1,600 positions have been cut, but nearly all workers were offered other jobs, took early retirement or left voluntarily. In a statement, another company spokesman, John Nelson, declined to discuss the pension and health insurance matters because "anything we say at this point would put us in a position where we could be accused of favoring one union or the other."
In the buildup to the showdown, the two unions have traded allegations of financial misconduct and illegal intimidation of employees. SEIU has obtained a $1.57-million civil judgment against NUHW and its officers for improperly using union money and property to stage their insurrection. The judgment is under appeal.
Meanwhile, SEIU has been the subject of a federal corruption probe that grew out of Times reports in 2008 on its largest California local, according to court records and people familiar with the investigation. Separately, the former president of another California chapter has been sentenced to federal prison for defrauding a nonprofit organization.
NUHW has invoked those scandals in the Kaiser campaign, alleging that SEIU has yet to clean house. The larger union denies that.