Certain home health care workers in Michigan could be protected from having to pay union dues, if a recent bill is signed into law.
The bill, introduced by Governor Rick Snyder (R-Mich.) was signed last week and would exclude those who receive a government subsidy for private employment from the definition of a public employee, according to a local NPR report.
Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature have been critical of what they consider stealth, unilaterally imposed union dues collection from those who serve as care providers through a program called the Michigan Quality Community Care Council.
Unions are attempting to counteract the legislation through a ballot campaign aimed at getting features of the program enshrined in the state constitution.
They’d have to collect nearly 323,000 voter signatures to make the November ballot.
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Written by Elizabeth Ecker