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Illinois mom elated after defeating powerful union in Supreme Court
Fox News ^ | June 30, 2014 | Ruth Ravve

Posted on 06/30/2014 2:54:34 PM PDT by jazusamo

An Illinois woman who took her fight against one of the nation's most powerful unions all the way to the Supreme Court and won, said all she ever wanted was to care for her ailing son.

Pam Harris, the lead plaintiff in the landmark Harris v. Quinn case, in which the high court ruled people who care for loved ones in their home can't be compelled to join the Service Employees International Union, said the ruling was a victory for her son Josh, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder.

"It means no third party intrusion, it means that there's not going to be a union contract inserted between my son and I, there's not going to be union rules and regulations dictating how I can provide the care that Josh needs," she said.

Harris is the primary caregiver for her 25-year-old son, who suffers from Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome. His illness has left him mentally and physically disabled and in need of ‘round the clock care at his home in Winthrop Harbor, Ill.

“We feed him, help him wash his face, shave him, brush his teeth,” she said.

The family receives a Medicaid check each month for approximately $1,300 to care for Josh, but its "not nearly enough" to pay for all his medical bills and other needs. In order to receive that check, under state law, the Harris family must undergo eleven visits per year by state employees checking on Josh’s welfare, be required to submit monthly summaries detailing care on a time sheet and provide specific information about Josh’s care.

And, until Monday's ruling, join a union.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: harrisvquinn; pamharris; seiu; unions
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Congratulations to Pam Harris for standing up for what's right against the SEIU and Illinois unions.
1 posted on 06/30/2014 2:54:34 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

She’s our Rosa Parks.


2 posted on 06/30/2014 2:55:36 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: jazusamo

Kudos to her for standing up. My only regret is that the ruling appears not to extend to all public employees.


3 posted on 06/30/2014 2:55:38 PM PDT by untenured
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To: jazusamo

I no more than finish one SCOTUS ping before I start another one. This is crazy insane today. :)


4 posted on 06/30/2014 2:55:45 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: jazusamo; Lurking Libertarian; Perdogg; JDW11235; Clairity; Spacetrucker; Art in Idaho; GregNH; ...

FReepmail me to subscribe to or unsubscribe from the SCOTUS ping list.

5 posted on 06/30/2014 2:56:06 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: jazusamo

Her trials may be just starting. Unions can be very vindictive and those “inspections” will probably be done by card carrying members. All it takes is one nit-picker to make life miserable.


6 posted on 06/30/2014 2:58:03 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: jazusamo

Wow. I’m totally in favor of the government not butting in and dictating medical care to families. It does seem to be another situation where the SC has finally said “enough already” with government over-reach.


7 posted on 06/30/2014 2:58:20 PM PDT by grania
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Thanks, my friend. :-)

I wasn’t going to ping you to this because I suspected you’ve been busy.


8 posted on 06/30/2014 2:58:58 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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Amazing woman, to deal with what she already had on her plate and take on the SEIU thugs.
9 posted on 06/30/2014 2:59:29 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: jazusamo

SO glad to see this!

As someone who may need to leave her job to care for her aging/ailing Dad, this SLAP DOWN of government intrusion into how I manage MY RESPONSIBILITIES makes me VERY happy!


10 posted on 06/30/2014 3:01:55 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: jazusamo

Now that’s sweet...


11 posted on 06/30/2014 3:01:56 PM PDT by caww
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To: jazusamo

35 SCOTUS pings in one day on two decisions. It was a big day.


12 posted on 06/30/2014 3:02:03 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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Sickest of all is that SEIU demanded she be a "member", not to help in the care of this young man one iota, but so they could get their lousy $90 cut of his aid.

Friggin' pigs.

13 posted on 06/30/2014 3:02:22 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is PUBLIC ENEMY #1)
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This was exactly what was happening in Michigan till we shut it down a couple of years ago. The only difference is that this one went to the supreme court. The union says its an attack on worker rights but it was their own forced members who sued them.

It was a naked money grab. These people are basically self employed and the union couldn’t represent them if they wanted to. The union was just in it for the cash.


14 posted on 06/30/2014 3:04:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: mrsmel

Absolutely.

This is the first time I’ve seen what she actually receives from Medicaid/Medicare for her sons care per month. $1,300 is not much for the constant care her son needs but the union wanted their cut.


15 posted on 06/30/2014 3:06:21 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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Glad that a “red” union took one in the balls. Let’s keep hitting them in the courts and in the media.

One day the American people will learn who the SEIU really is, and where it came from (two Communist Party USA created/dominated unions, District 65 and Local 1199, etc).


16 posted on 06/30/2014 3:07:24 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: workerbee

BTTT!


17 posted on 06/30/2014 3:07:59 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Interesting. If I were living in Illinois and was taking care of my rehabilitating wife, as I am now, I would have had to join a union. Right! Great decision by the USSC!


18 posted on 06/30/2014 3:10:38 PM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: jazusamo

From what I know of his condition, it’s a pittance. Welfare leeches get more than that.


19 posted on 06/30/2014 3:11:05 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: jazusamo

She beats the SEIU union in Illinois yet! Congratulations to her.


20 posted on 06/30/2014 3:11:10 PM PDT by DaveA37
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