Michigan Ends Forced Union Membership of the Disabled; SEIU Loses 80% of Their Members


Parents of children with disabilities already have to make financial sacrifices, especially if that disability necessitates lifelong care — but for families in Michigan, that hardship has been exacerbated by SEIU stealing money from their paychecks. Thankfully, the state legislature voted to end this practice, and SEIU saw their membership plummet by 80%.

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Melissa and Kevin Haynes were born with hypertonic cerebral palsy, a severe disability that impaired their cognitive development, leaving them functioning as infants. For more than 30 years, their devoted parents, Robert and Patricia, have cared for them in their home in Macomb Township, Mich. The two disabled adults received Medicaid checks each month, money that went toward their care. But in 2006, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) began collecting 2.75 percent from each of these checks, claiming that Robert and Patricia were employees – not only of their own children but also of the Michigan state government.

Michigan’s legislature voted in 2012 to put an end to this so-called dues-skimming practice, which the SEIU used to collect more than $34 million from the state’s disabled and elderly residents. The new law took effect in 2013 after a legal challenge had caused a year’s delay. Around the same time, right-to-work legislation ended compulsory union membership.

The result: In the last year, union membership in SEIU’s Healthcare Michigan has plummeted by an astounding 80 percent.

You know what’s ridiculous? That this was allowed to continue for as long as it did. It goes to show that there is literally no low that unions won’t sink to in order to fill their grubby little pockets.

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