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InsiderOnline Blog: May 2014

What Happens When You Give Workers a Choice?

Now that Michigan’s dues skim on home-based caregivers has been ended, membership in the SEIU Healthcare Michigan has collapsed. Jack Spencer reports:

The workers previously were forced to pay dues or fees to the SEIU after the union orchestrated a scheme that took money from the Medicaid checks of the people the workers were caring for in homes across the state. The “dues skim“ ended in 2013, but not before the SEIU took more than $34 million from the elderly and disabled across the state.

According to the union’s LM-2 report filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, 44,347 home-based caregivers have opted to stay out of the union.

That number represents virtually all of the long-term home-based caregivers affected by the dues skim. It also is more than 80 percent of the 55,265 members the union claimed to have at the end on 2012. Most of those who have remained in the union are workers employed at private medical facilities and joined the union in traditional organizing drives. The SEIU health care workers were organized in a mail-in effort that most did not participate in nor did they know a vote was even taking place. [Michigan Capital Confidential, April 30]

If the union was actually providing value to the workers instead of just taking their money, it probably would still have most of those workers as members.

Posted on 05/02/14 08:38 PM by Alex Adrianson

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