Union Sues Michigan Gov. Over Home Health Collective Bargaining Pushback

“Skim” money taken from Michigan state subsidy checks of 60,000 home health care workers has become the subject of a lawsuit filed against the state’s governor and Department of Community health after the Attorney General mandated that unions stop taking the money from home health workers.

The Service Employees International Union has now filed suit against the government for calling an end to the practice, claiming the state is ending a collective bargaining agreement and is in violation of the U.S. Constitution, according to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

The Mackinac Center reports:

The union that was taking money from the state subsidy checks of 60,000 home health care workers has sued Gov. Rick Snyder and the state Department of Community Health a few days after the Attorney General ordered an end to the practice.

The Service Employees International Union Healthcare Michigan lawsuit claims the state is ending an existing collective bargaining agreement and is in violation of the contract clause of the U.S. Constitution. The SEIU has taken more than $30.4 million from the home health care aides since 2007.

A judge has put disputed union dues of $500,000 — the amount taken since Attorney General Bill Schuette ordered an end to the scam — in an escrow account, said Patrick Wright, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s senior legal analyst.

“It is not surprising that the union wants to keep its skim running,” Wright said. “The key to this case will be showing the court that the home health workers are not now and have not ever been public employees.”

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Written by Elizabeth Ecker

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