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The impending closure of the Michigan Quality Community Care Council should free some 55,000 home care workers (as well as registered nurses, nursing home aides and hospital support staff) from government union membership.
Michigan’s State House has already passed a bill to prevent this sort of dues grubbing by public-sector unions, but the legislation has stalled in the state Senate.
Michigan’s teachers union, a member of the American Federation of Teachers, and part of SEIU, last April threatened to close the schools and dramatically charged that cuts in the state budget would mean “the educational future of more than a million Michigan students [will] be sacrificed.”
Andy Stern, before retiring as president of the SEIU, visited the While House on such a regular basis, he almost should have paid rent.
The SEIU announced in Obama’s first campaign that they planned “a budget of $85 million” for the election, targeting swing states for Obama’s campaign and, In addition, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger said, “More than 100,000 SEIU members will be volunteering their time to … elect Barack Obama as our next president.”
Stern was elected president of the SEIU in 1996 and immediately began to steer the union into politics in support of the Democratic Party. He pressured companies into signing agreements to make SEIU their employees’ representative. If a company resisted, it could look forward to media and political allies supporting boycotts and public demonstrations designed at destroying the company’s reputation.
Stern has been a leading figure in the so-called Shadow Party, a national network of leftist unions and activist left-wing organizations campaigning for Democrats and calling for the socialistic ideal of “distributing the wealth.”
In 2008, he was one those demanding part of the “bailout bill” passed to save Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage giants be used to extend unemployment benefits and food stamps. He also has called for “global government.”
Not surprisingly, Stern’s political philosophy has a striking similarity to that of Barack Obama.
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