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SEIU Ballot Language Disconnected From Reality
Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/31/2012 | Jarrett Skorup

Posted on 08/31/2012 6:00:25 AM PDT by MichCapCon

The director of elections for the state of Michigan has released the wording for most of the proposals expected to be on the ballot in November. The proposed constitutional amendment relating to home-based caregivers shows how groups can push innocuous-sounding language to do something extremely damaging.

Let’s go through it line-by-line.


Allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council (MQHCC). Continue the current exclusive representative of in-home care workers until modified in accordance with labor laws. This is the key part of the proposal. The "exclusive representative" is the SEIU. “Allow” does not mean home health care workers can choose whether or not to band together and lobby the state. “Allow” means some segment can decide to force all of the 60,000 or so home health care workers to pay dues to the SEIU, which can spend the money lobbying or on other activities — even if those other providers do not want to join the union. The word “allow” can be changed to “force” and the meaning of this part of the proposal stays the same.

Require MQHCC to provide training for in-home care workers, create a registry of workers who pass background checks, and provide financial services to patients to manage the cost of in-home care. This entity (MQC3) already exists, the training is already happening, the registry can be found online and patients already receive financial help to hire caregivers.

Preserve patients’ rights to hire in-home care workers who are not referred from the MQHCC registry who are bargaining unit members. Patients can already hire any of the workers who are not on the MQCCC registry. There are tens of thousands of home health care workers in the state with an estimated 75 percent taking care of family or close friends. Only 933 people are on the current registry.

Authorize the MQHCC to set minimum compensation standards and terms and conditions of employment. Should this proposal be approved? YES ____ NO ____ The state has never considered these types of workers to be state employees. In fact, the legislature passed and the governor signed a new law explicitly stating that these private contractors are not state employees.

Home health care workers are hired by the people for whom they provide services, not for the MQHCC or the state. In the paperwork it provides to the people they train, the MQC3 says, "We are not your employer. The Consumer is your employer."

This proposal is a radical departure from what the state usually considers to be government employees. By this logic, doctors in Michigan would be state employees for receiving Medicare and Medicaid money. Grocery store owners would be state employees for accepting food stamps. Day care owners would be state employees for looking after low-income children (actually that scheme was already tried).

In sum, this ballot initiative speaks mostly about several things totally uncontroversial that already exist so that one section with harmless-sounding language can be slipped in. This would allow for the continued skimming of tens of millions of dollars from caregivers to the SEIU, which to date has taken more than $31 million from workers.

TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: union; vote

1 posted on 08/31/2012 6:00:27 AM PDT by MichCapCon
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To: MichCapCon

The SEIU is run by a collection of far-left idiots.

2 posted on 08/31/2012 6:05:21 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: popdonnelly

In a word, communists.

3 posted on 08/31/2012 6:07:00 AM PDT by exnavy (The time is upon us, fish or cut bait, may God guide your heart.)
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To: Springman; Sioux-san; 70th Division; JPG; PGalt; DuncanWaring; taildragger; epluribus_2
Perpetually disconnected.

If anyone wants to be added to the Michigan Cap Con ping list, let me know.
4 posted on 08/31/2012 6:10:28 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: MichCapCon

And people wonder why Michigan is “disconnected from prosperity.”

5 posted on 08/31/2012 6:15:29 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright ("You Might Be a Liberal" (YMBAL) Coming out Sept 1 by C. Edmund Wright)
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To: MichCapCon

They need to say in clearly worded language.

6 posted on 08/31/2012 7:00:12 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: MichCapCon

Union dues are deducted from taxpayer subsidies that go to home workers. Union lawyer John Canzano said it adds up to $400,000 to $500,000 a month.

The union in 2005 won the right to represent the home-based workers after the Michigan Department of Community Health, under the Granholm administration, struck a deal with a three-county agency that serves the elderly. That led to a creation of another group to coordinate services and create a registry of home care providers.

Critics, especially conservatives, complain that the Granholm administration was simply helping unions at a time when membership is slipping. A similar arrangement involving thousands of day care workers who got state subsidies and paid union dues ended in 2011.
Snyder tried to stop this farce but, of course, a liberal judge stepped in and declared that the Republicans had no right to step in and stop this robbery of the home healthcare providers .

Snyder also prevented a similar measure that was designed to force daycare workers to pay union dues. While I applaud Snyder for his efforts on this front, unlike Scott Walker he tries to walk the middle and refuses to take the unions on - head to head. Until Michigan finds a Scott Walker - which may be impossible given the vote fraud that takes place in Detroit, Flint and Ann Arbor - they are headed toward becoming the next California or Illinois - with much credit going to Jennifer Granholm for the travesty of her years as Governor.

7 posted on 08/31/2012 7:01:32 AM PDT by onevoter
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