Michigan SEIU Loses 80% of “Members” After State Ended Forced Membership of the Disabled

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There’s absolutely incomprehensible black-hearted rotten-souled evil. And then a step beneath that, there’s SEIU.

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.

“Most of the time, these ‘caregivers’ and ‘providers’ were family members,” says Patrick Wright, the director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, which represented the Haynes family. “The providers didn’t want this. The union did. And it took money away from needy people.”

The specific figures show just how much ex-Governor and lefty hack Jennifer Granholm inflated SEIU membership.

According to the union’s LM-2 report filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, 44,347 home-based caregivers have opted to stay out of the union.

That number represents virtually all of the long-term home-based caregivers affected by the dues skim. It also is more than 80 percent of the 55,265 members the union claimed to have at the end on 2012. Most of those who have remained in the union are workers employed at private medical facilities and joined the union in traditional organizing drives. The SEIU health care workers were organized in a mail-in effort that most did not participate in nor did they know a vote was even taking place.

In the mid-2000s, the Service Employees International Union targeted the assistance checks of Michigan participants in the federal Home Help Program as a potential revenue source. The Home Help Program, which began in the 1980s, allows the elderly and disabled to be cared for in their homes instead of being put in nursing homes or long-term care facilities. A majority of the caregivers in the program are family members or friends who take care of loved ones.

During those years, the SEIU Healthcare Michigan boasted that it was the fastest growing union in the state. However, according to the union’s LM-2 report, its membership has fallen to 10,918 since the home-based caregivers were freed from the forced unionization on March 1, 2013.

When liberals talk about how much they care about people, this is how much they care. And this story needed to go nationwide. It’s a story that Romney could have run on to counteract the 47 attacks. It’s a story Republicans can still run on today to counteract the Koch Brothers stuff.

This is what the class warriors do to people when they get the chance.

In addition, the SEIU, the international union behind the SEIU Healthcare Michigan, was fined almost $200,000 for concealing that it bankrolled Proposal 4 of 2012 — the failed ballot effort to lock the forced unionization of home-based caregivers into the state constitution. According to state officials, the penalty the SEIU was assessed for the campaign finance violations was the second largest in Michigan history.

Evil. No other words for it.

Luvanda Linebarger, a union steward at Detroit Medical Center, home-based caregivers don’t belong in the union.

“Is home care needed? Yes it is needed,” Linebarger said. “Should they belong to a union? This union? No. They don’t benefit.”

Linebarger and two other union stewards, Tyrone Freeman and Clara Leavell, were at the SEIU Healthcare Michigan headquarters Tuesday demonstrating against the union’s current leadership — particularly its president, Marge Faville.

Despite that, Michigan media outlets repeatedly lied about Proposition 4 claiming that it was there to protect the elderly through background checks.

 

  • cxt

    At first I thought “no….freaking….way” then I realized that “Of course–they are a Leftist group so there is literally NOTHING that is beneath them.
    Good if troubling read.

    • Elsie Ganzon

      this is TOTAL manure

  • Odin2

    The unions and the left don’t care about needy people. What a surprise!

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    Unions are evil!!!

  • Mike

    Glad the Purple People Beaters are imploding in MI. Even the socialist FDR knew union filth did not belong in the public sector.

    A public union negotiation involves both parties sitting on the same side of the table for their mutual benefit all while the people who have to pay their wages and obscene pensions have ZERO input.

    There are enough worker protection laws on the books to relegate ALL unions to the dustbin of other communist failed history.

  • spyeatte

    Was the SEIU required to pay back what they stole, with interest, to the people they stole from?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      No, you don’t force a vampire to disgorge blood

      • spyeatte

        Maybe if we did force a vampire to disgorge blood, there would be fewer vampires.

        • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

          Better is to drive a stake through the vampire’s heart – in this case, make public-sector unions illegal in the name of safeguarding the taxpayer. There is no “right” to bargain collectively against the taxpayer.

    • Elsie Ganzon

      NEVER – - my guess Hillary Clinstone REPRESENTED THEM LOL

  • Ethan

    SEIU is a vampire.

    • Elsie Ganzon

      did you happen to notice the word INTERNATIONAL since when is United States International? Is the Attorney behind SEIU Hillary Clinstone?

      Like she is the Attorney for Wal-Mart in the case of

      – Debbie Shank her 18-year-old son, Jeremy, was killed in Iraq.Shank suffered severe brain damage after a traffic accident nearly eight
      years ago that robbed her of much of her short-term memory and left her
      in a wheelchair and living in a nursing home.

      Two years after the accident, Shank and her husband, Jim, were
      awarded about $1 million in a lawsuit against the trucking company
      involved in the crash. After legal fees were paid, $417,000 was placed
      in a trust to pay for Debbie Shank’s long-term care.

      Wal-Mart had paid out about $470,000 for Shank’s medical expenses and later sued for the same amount. However, the court ruled it can only recoup what is left in the family’s trust.

      The Shanks didn’t notice in the fine print of Wal-Mart’s health plan
      policy that the company has the right to recoup medical expenses if an
      employee collects damages in a lawsuit.

      Debbie Shank, 52, has severe brain damage after a traffic accident in May 2000.

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      The 52-year-old mother of three attended her son’s funeral

  • RhettButler1

    All Democrats and all media slugs are in the tank for the unions. The Democrat party is not a political party……………. it is organized crime.

  • fedupMan

    Its amazing how these unions are FILLED with relatives in high places making TONS of $ at their union members expense.