Yes, yes it is.
In the latest discovery of abhorrent behavior, the SEIU is confiscating money from the caregivers of families with special needs children & adults. Ok, it’s not exactly that simple. It never is with these organizations.
These caregivers are forced to be part of the union & thus forced to pay Union dues.
Maybe these home care workers should be unionized. For the record, I don’t agree, but that’s not the point of this article.
To shed some light on this, let’s go back to the commencement of the Michigan program.
In 2005, the MQCCC (Michigan Quality Community Care Council), also known as the MQ3C, was created. The council kept a registry of home care providers, but its main function was to be the so-called government “employer” for some 45,000 private home care aides. These home care providers are independent contractors, but are still forced to become dues paying members of SEIU Healthcare Michigan.
In 2006, under then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich, SEIU began a collective bargaining agreement with the MQ3C in which dues were automatically skimmed off the money payed to MQ3C by Medicaid. How much could that possibly be? About 6 million dollars a year.
So this has been going on for almost six years. Wait, it gets worse.
In May of this year the Michigan legislature ended the funding for the MQ3C program with an expiration date of September 30th.
How strange it is that even after the program expired, the dues are still being taken off the top of the Medicaid payments by a defunct department & sent to SEIU.
Angela Minicuci, public information officer for the Michigan Department of Community Health would not explain how a defunded agency continues to operate.
“For the state to operate a dubiously formed government entity that has been defunded by the Legislature seems unprecedented,” said Patrick Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation. “But such shenanigans aren’t entirely surprising given the origination of this agency and the machinations to preserve it for the sake of skimming ‘union dues’ from independent contractors.”
Could this get any worse? Yes, yes it could.
See, all this finally came to light when the Haynes family of Michigan was recently spotlighted.
They receive money from the state of Michigan through Medicaid. They are not home healthcare workers.
Robert & Patricia Haynes take care of their 2 adult children in their home. Both their son & daughter, ages 30 & 34, are stricken with cerebral palsy & rely wholly on Robert & Patricia for their care. Rather than institutionalize the children, the Haynes’ have elected to care for them in their home. Mighty admirable, I’d say.
In the, one size fits all mentality of the state & SEIU, the parents are considered home healthcare workers. Hello Obamacare. Naturally they must be part of the union & thus must pay monthly dues.
“We’re not home health care providers — we’re parents taking care of our children,” Haynes told the Detroit Fox affiliate.
This is the problem with public employee unions as a whole. They support politicians that write laws that bolster the unions & the unions, through the dues they forcibly collect, funnel the money right back to the politicians to get them reelected.