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UAW Prez: Union ‘Dues Skim’ More Important Than RTW
Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/25/2013 | Jarrett Skorup

Posted on 02/26/2013 12:03:22 PM PST by MichCapCon

In an interview with the Detroit Metro Times, United Auto Workers President Bob King suggests that the forced unionization of home-based caregivers is more important than Michigan's becoming a right-to-work state.

“[T]here was a whole series of legislation that [Snyder] said was not on his agenda that he signed,” King told the Metro Times. "There were [university] research assistants being denied collective bargaining rights. There were home health care workers, who were given some really strong assurances that collective bargaining rights would not be taken away from them.

“And that’s much more serious, honestly, than right-to-work; denying them the right to collective bargaining.”

The “university research assistants” are University of Michigan graduate student research assistants who work for U-M professors. The Michigan Employment Relations Commission has held the GSRAs to be students first and workers second for three decades. A union attempted to organize the GSRAs against the wishes of several hundred of the assistants, many professors and, initially, U-M President Mary Sue Coleman. Hundreds of students who did not want to be in the union were represented by the Mackinac Center.

“The whole concept of unionizing students is ludicrous,” U-M professor Fawwaz Ulaby told the Michigan House Government Operations Committee. “The work they perform cannot be distinguished from working toward their dissertations. ... There’s the potential adversarial relationship of employer to employees that would be created between the students and those of us who mentor them.”

The Legislature eventually voted to codify the MERC standard into law and ensure that the GSRAs could not be unionized.

The “home health care workers” King refers to are well-known to Michigan Capitol Confidential and Mackinac Center readers. He is alluding to the tens of thousands of home-based caregivers who mostly look after their own friends, relatives and children in their own homes.

The families receive Medicaid money to be caregivers, and they were shepherded into a union, mostly without their knowledge or consent. Many of the families reached out to the Mackinac Center to have their voices heard and to criticize “Proposal 4,” a proposed state constitutional amendment that would have effectively locked these caregivers into the Service Employees International Union for good.

The SEIU and related unions appear to have spent $9 million on the skim, which has netted them over $34 million so far. The Mackinac Center is involved in legal action to get the caregivers their money back from the union.

The UAW was involved in a similar scheme a few years ago involving home-based child care providers, who include people running day care businesses out of their homes and in some cases receiving state money for watching the children of low-income parents. King’s union worked closely with the administration of former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a state department and other unions in an “experiment” to set up a shell corporation and force tens of thousands of such day care providers into a union.

At a national convention of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, then-Gov. Granholm boasted that the scheme had netted the state 45,000 new union members.

Two day care owners, Sherry Loar and Dawn Ives, publicly protested the skim (see a Mackinac Center video of their story here). Home-based day care owners Paulette Silverson and Michelle Berry later joined Loar in a Mackinac Center Legal Foundation lawsuit attempting to end the skim.

TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: childcare; daycare; seiu; union; unions

1 posted on 02/26/2013 12:03:32 PM PST by MichCapCon
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To: MichCapCon

The union “dues skim” is more important than anything. Without it, the union dies. We can only hope.

2 posted on 02/26/2013 12:10:27 PM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Without government forcing people to join unions, we won’t have any right to have others “collective bargain” our jobs to China.

Oh what a pity

3 posted on 02/26/2013 12:16:40 PM PST by GeronL (
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To: MichCapCon

Too late BOB, it won’t be long before Tennessee has more RTW autoworkers than UAW Michigan. Good luck with your demented reasoning.

4 posted on 02/26/2013 12:31:59 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?)
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To: Springman; Sioux-san; 70th Division; JPG; PGalt; DuncanWaring; taildragger; epluribus_2; Chuck54; ..
Then I guess they won't have any issues with the rest of the states going RTW.

If anyone wants to be added to the Michigan Cap Con ping list, let me know.
5 posted on 02/26/2013 12:33:34 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: eyedigress

My neighbor is a shop Steward and he intends to get out as soon as the vote comes up. He says RTW couldn’t come at a better time for him because he has nearly 30 years in the union and he’ll be retiring soon. RTW will provide him with a bit of a raise by way of dues not taken from his check.

6 posted on 02/26/2013 12:37:02 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Good for him. I’m glad the fraud of the UAW has been exposed.

7 posted on 02/26/2013 12:43:31 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?)
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To: MichCapCon
Unfortunately, in my trade there is NO non-union alternative. Anywhere. On the continent.

We are currently trying to escape a SEIU related union for a “local” alternative, but I am still beholden to a union, simply because I work in a “closed shop” jurisdiction.

8 posted on 02/26/2013 12:47:56 PM PST by Don W (There is no gun problem, there is a lack of humanity problem!)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

now we know why that’s Mark Dayton’s ‘precious’.

9 posted on 02/26/2013 12:47:56 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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