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Forced Unionization?

40,000 Michigan private day-care providers have learned that union dues are being taken out of the child-care subsidies the state sends them. The "union" is a creation of AFSCME, the government workers union, and the United Auto Workers.

Patrick Wright, a lawyer for the Macknac Center, says the union was forced on the women after a certification election conducted by mail in which only 6,000 day-care providers out of 40,000 voted. Wright told me his clients, like Berry, say they were "shocked" to learn they were suddenly in a union.

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Asked by grlygrlz2 at 12:41 PM on Feb. 12, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Mackinac sued Michigan on behalf of the day-care owners, but the case was dismissed. They have appealed. Neither Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, the Department of Human Services, nor the union would talk to me about this. Last month, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash proposed a law that would end "stealth" unionization of private entrepreneurs.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:42 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • Kathy Hoekstra, a watchdog from Michigan, found herself investigating a union day-care scandal when her organization, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, sued Michigan’s Department of Human Services. The lawsuit stemmed from the two home day-care owners receiving a notification that they were members of a union, and that dues would be taken out of the subsidy checks they receive on behalf of low-income parents who qualify for aid. The lawsuit alleged that these home day-care owners are businesses, not government employees, and therefore it is illegal to siphon union dues from government-subsidy checks. Weeks of investigating the details of this case paid off when Kathy’s article was welcomed with open arms in all the major news outlets in Michigan, exposing this story to millions of readers.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:43 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

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    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:44 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • I saw that yesterday and felt so bad for the daycare workers. They are making less and the union has done nothing for them except take their money. I would not be shocked to see more of this.

    Answer by momtolucas2002 at 12:49 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • This has been done in many states. Oregon, I know, but I don't remember all the others. The unions (SEIU) tried to do the same thing in Illinois recently, and the voters voted it down. This is a practice that has been going on for some time, but the people are beginning to stand up for their rights, and fight back against the SEIU.

    Answer by 29again at 1:09 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • Forced unions are just plain WRONG. It completely ticked me off that the amendmant which would allow people to opt out of a union without penalty was voted down in Colorado. You should not be forced to join anything you don't want to join.

    Answer by AngelDawn7 at 1:11 PM on Feb. 12, 2010



    Answer by 29again at 1:20 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • They will be just as shocked when they figure out if they are one of those who take children of poor while being reimbursed by the government that they will be required to follow certain guidelines or lose thier funding.
    I see a soon to come lack of caregivers for these children.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 1:23 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • That is disgusting, under-handed, and vile.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 1:24 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • evil

    Answer by tnmomofive at 1:30 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

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