Skip to comments.BREAKING: Attorney General Orders Home Health Dues Skim to End
Posted on 06/01/2012 5:23:34 AM PDT by MichCapCon
MIDLAND Michigans 60,000 home health care aides should no longer have so-called union dues skimmed from their subsidy checks as a result of an informal but binding opinion letter issued today by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. The opinion was issued in response to a request by Rep. Paul Opsommer, R-DeWitt, six weeks after Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation ending the stealth unionization. The Service Employees International Union has taken some $30 million from the states most vulnerable residents over the last six years, including more than $680,000 since the scheme was outlawed.
This episode demonstrates how government-sector unions often act in ways that benefit themselves at the cost of taxpayers and their shanghaied members, said Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Director Patrick J. Wright. The independent contractors and family members who provide aid to the developmentally disabled were never government employees and should not have been paying dues in the first place.
The SEIU was able to skim the so-called dues under a scheme that was concocted during the administration of Gov. Jennifer Granholm. An interlocal agreement between the Department of Community Health and the Tri-County Aging Consortium allowed for the creation of the Michigan Quality Community Care Council, which served as the shell employer for people who are actually self-employed independent contractors or, overwhelmingly, family members caring for loved ones.
Senate Bill 1018, now Public Act 76 of 2012, made it explicit that home health aides are not public employees. An early version of legislation to end this practice was introduced by Rep. Opsommer.
Despite the clear language of the new law, the dues skim had continued. Michigan Capitol Confidential recently reported that the MQC3, the so-called public employer, was receiving no government funds but did receive operating expenses from the SEIU. CapCon also reported that the MQC3 is being operated out of its directors basement. The director is currently limited to working three hours a week because she is receiving unemployment insurance.
Wright cautioned that the SEIU is trying to pass a constitutional amendment to allow the union to once again designate home health care providers as government employees and revive its lucrative revenue stream through coerced dues.
Great. Less money going into Democrat campaign coffers.
It’s fraud. Arrest them.
And right before the WI recall next week. Me liketh.
What percentage of the affected people would continue to pay their tribute to the union bosses? Over/under 30%?
My money is on the under.
The SEIU should be required to return the money.
Limited to three hours a week or she loses benefits?
What kind of nonsense does the MI state government allow for UI benefits, or Workers Comp, or another disability program, that a DIRECTOR should ever be considered "unemployed"?
The SEIU is certain free and easy with "public funds" ...
One of the reasons I’m glad we have an elected AG. They act independently of our wishy washy Gov.
If anyone wants to be added to the Michigan Cap Con ping list, let me know.
Its not slowing them down any. They’re trying to get a right to steal inserted into the constitution. They’re also trying to unionize mentally handicapped adults.
Wisconsin and now Michigan. This devious union is toast. It may take years but it is going to happen.
The fight has been going on for a while but the focus has been on Wisconsin. That’s both good and bad, the unions haven’t brought all their force to bear but we have lots of RINOs that need to feel heat like has been applied to Wisconsin. Just last summer a state rep from Grand Blanc was recalled for “firing teachers” when the reality is that teachers had actually been added in his district.
One good thing we have in Michigan is a conservative union group that actually supports right to work laws and opposes union political fundraising.
This headline made me go “whhhhhhaaaaaaaaa?” until I got through the first paragraph and realized it was a state AG, not the US AG.
US AG would send JBTs to enforce the skim for the unions.
Aren’t there any enterprising Class Action lawyers who will take the case and sue SEIU for this theft?
Thanks MichCapCon. Next step, sue the SEIU.
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