IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE:
Personal Care Attendants (Home Care Providers) file Notice of Intent to Remove SEIU-Healthcare Union
(MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA) Personal Care Attendant (“PCA”) Kris Greene and PCA Attorney Douglas P. Seaton announced today that they have filed a Notice of Intent to Decertify (remove) SEIU-Healthcare as the Union of the approximately 27,000 personal care attendants or home care providers (see attached).
“The Union was imposed by fewer than 4,000 of the 27,000 PCAs in a low turnout election in 2014,” said Doug Seaton. “Most PCAs do not want a Union interfering with their families and skimming off part of the Medicaid benefit for their special needs family members,” added Kris Greene.
The PCAs involved in the decertification effort are determined to get the word out to all Minnesota PCAs so that a real election can be held. When that is done, the PCAs believe that the SEIU-Healthcare Union will be voted removed as the PCA representative.
“The Union provides no genuine services to PCAs and the Legislature and Federal Government fund these benefits, so the Union is a parasite in this situation,” said Seaton, “and should be removed.” “Doing so,” added Greene, “will increase the benefit dollars available to the disabled and end the Union’s stranglehold on PCA families.”
The Notice of Intent to Decertify will be delivered to the Governor and the SEIU-Healthcare Union President today and to other interested parties by mail. The decertification process will continue through the end of 2016, with the election likely set for early 2017.
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[Attachment – Notice of Intent]