August 17, 2016

Leaving is Too Much Labor

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US News and World Report published this article by Diana Furchtgott-Roth on Aug. 17, 2016:

“A group of personal care assistants in Minnesota is trying to leave the Service Employees International Union-Healthcare Minnesota. Personal care assisstants, who get Medicaid funds to look after disabled and sick people, are paid by the state of Minnesota.

In 2014, 3,500 workers chose to be represented by the SEIU. Minnesota is taking 3 percent (up to a maximum of $948 a year) out of the paychecks of those who voted for the union and sending the funds to the SEIU.

Although only 3,500 people voted to join the SEIU, it bargains on behalf of all 27,000 state assistants. In order to even have a vote to leave, they need to get signatures of 30 percent of the group, or 8,100 people.

Kim Crockett, director of the Employee Freedom Project at the Center of the American Experiment, a Minnesota-based policy organization, says, “Even though the 2014 Harris v. Quinn Supreme Court decision protects PCAs from mandatory dues, the SEIU now represents them against their will. So even if you are not a dues-paying union member, you are in the bargaining unit.”

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