Latest Union scam and drain on society...

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  1. Gareth68

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    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052748703478704574612341241120838.html

    Michigan Forces Business Owners Into Public Sector Unions

    By PATRICK J. WRIGHT AND MICHAEL D. JAHR

    Flint, Mich.

    Michelle Berry runs a private day-care service from her home on the outskirts of this city, the birthplace of General Motors. "The Berry Patch," as she calls the service, features overstuffed purple gorillas, giant cartoon murals, and a playroom covered in Astroturf. Her clients are mostly low-income parents who need child care to keep their jobs in a city that now has a 26% unemployment rate.

    Ms. Berry owns her own business—yet the Michigan Department of Human Services claims she is a government employee and union member. The agency thus withholds union dues from the child-care subsidies it sends to her on behalf of her low-income clients. Those dues are funneled to a public-employee union that claims to represent her. The situation is crazy—and it's happening elsewhere in the country.

    A year ago in December, Ms. Berry and more than 40,000 other home-based day care providers statewide were suddenly informed they were members of Child Care Providers Together Michigan—a union created in 2006 by the United Auto Workers and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The union had won a certification election conducted by mail under the auspices of the Michigan Employment Relations Commission. In that election only 6,000 day-care providers voted. The pro-labor vote turned out.

    Many of the state's other 34,000 day-care providers never even realized what was going on. Ms. Berry tells us she was "shocked" to find out she was suddenly in a union. The real dirty work, however, had been done when the state created an "employer" for the union to "organize" against.

    Of course, Michigan's independent day-care providers don't work for anybody except the parents who were their customers. Nevertheless, because some of these parents qualified for public subsidies, the Child Care Providers "union" claimed the providers were "public employees."

    Michigan's Department of Human Services then teamed with Flint-based Mott Community College to sign an "interlocal agreement" in 2006 establishing a separate government agency called the Michigan Home Based Child Care Council. This council was directed to recommend good child-care practices—and not coincidentally, to serve as a "public employer." Although the council had almost no staff, no control over the state subsidies and no supervision of the providers' daily activities, it became the shell corporation against which the union could organize.

    Thus the state created an ersatz employer and an ersatz "bargaining unit" against which what was essentially an ersatz union could organize.

    Today the Department of Human Services siphons about $3.7 million in annual dues to the union—from the child-care subsidies. The money should be going to home-based day-care providers—themselves not on the high end of the income scale. Ms. Berry now sees money once paid to her go to a union that does little for her. She says she is "self employed and wants nothing to do with the union."

    The union claims it is working for Ms. Berry and others like her by pressing the legislature to increase child-care payments. But lobbying is not an activity that requires compulsory unionism.

    Sherry Loar, who owns a day-care center in Petoskey, Mich., is the lead client in a lawsuit brought against the Department of Human Services in state court by the legal arm of the Michigan-based Mackinac Center, a free-market think tank for whom we work. (Ms. Berry is petitioning to join the suit.) The case is based on the grounds that state law presumes that no one is subject to public-sector bargaining unless state legislation has made them so, and in this case, there is no legislation—only the flimsy interlocal agreement. "I'm not opposed to unions," Ms. Loar says, "everything has a place. But when we enter my door, this is my home."

    The larger question, not part of this lawsuit, is whether this sort of unionization violates the U.S. Constitution. The freedom of association clause prevents compulsory unionism except, courts have determined, when it is necessary for "labor peace." But in this case, whom would the day-care providers riot against? The parents?

    The federal question may be raised soon, as other states have pursued similar unionization schemes over the past decade, primarily at the behest of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Service Employees International Union, better known as the SEIU. Fourteen states have now enabled home-based day-care providers to be organized into public-employee unions, affecting about 233,000 people. And nine have done so with home health-care providers. The idea to unionize in this way was hatched in California, though ironically Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed legislation to unionize child-care providers.

    It's telling that in several states that have gone down this road, state and federal subsidies are the source of the union dues. In Michigan, the scheme is essentially throwing a cash lifeline to unions like the UAW, which are hemorrhaging members.

    There's another, ironic twist to the story in the Great Lakes state. Last month the Michigan Economic Development Corporation granted a for-profit SEIU subsidiary, the SEIU Member Action Service Center, a $2 million refundable tax credit to locate a new business facility in the state that will provide administrative services for the union and other local labor organizations. The subsidy strikes us as inappropriate because it categorized the SEIU subsidiary as a business and occurred just before the 5,000 member SEIU local 517M granted the state wage concessions. Shamelessly, the SEIU requested the credit because Michigan has high labor costs.

    Some states are redefining straightforward terms—a union as a business, an employer as an employee—primarily to aid organized labor. This highlights the need to re-examine public-sector collective bargaining. Shielded from market pressures, public employee unions have driven up taxpayer costs for decades. Now labor leaders are shanghaiing entrepreneurs such as Ms. Berry and Ms. Loar into government unions because their clients receive government aid. Who will be next? Grocers? Landlords? Doctors?

    —Mr. Wright is director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation. Mr. Jahr is senior director of communications for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich.
     
  2. Deployment Solu

    Deployment Solu Kydex Crafter

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    Wow!! Just Wow!! Does this crap know no bounds?? That is PUBLIC money being paid to the childcare facilities on behalf of low income families(atleast they are working).Where the hell do the UNIONS get off getting a piece of that..oh yeah...Michigan....isn't that where detroit(no it doesn't deserve to be capitalized) is???? :whistling:
     

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    yup love hate relationship with unions I hate them because of what they are and love them because they are the only thing that keeps management from walking all over us..uggh.
     
  4. 45reloader

    45reloader Live Free

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    BO's boys strike again
     
  5. Blitzer

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    And who here likes socialism?
     
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    Any and every kind of government hand-out program pulls in scams like this like flies to a fresh turd.

    With the current regime in DC little will be done about this.

    All the Best,
    D. White
     
  7. flatag

    flatag Must have tacos

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    Just another example of crupt unions praying on the working class.
     
  8. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

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    Is English your first language? :headscratch:

    To quote Billy Jack: When policemen [governments] break the law, then there is no law ... just a fight for survival.
     
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    Carrys Inquisitive

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    Despite what some more left wing greedy posters would have you believe, there are no other kind. They exist by promising their members more....of everything. And that's usually enough to make them forget about all else. They get theirs, screw the rest. "Good people"? You decide.



    That's what today's unions are all about.
     
  10. flatag

    flatag Must have tacos

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    No, it is my 3rd language. I didn't speak english until I was about 10 years old. Ya gotta love people with low self esteem who feel they must comment on spelling mistakes. Nice try now go kick a puppy.
     
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    have you noticed how every board seems to have someone like that.It must be a law or something:rofl:
     
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    I'm just a little shocked that tbhracing hasn't been by to defend the practice yet....

    I'm sure he'll explain how this is better for everyone.
     
  13. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

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    It was in B-rocks's $780 billion stimulus package.

    Apparently, it stimulated at least one feller some.
     
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    I agree with you.
    I have an MBA and intimately know the difference between their, there and they're. Yet when scanning my posts, I still find places where my fingers have inadvertently typed the wrong word. Ticks me off to find I have done that, but I type all day and sometimes I make mistakes. I ignore others typing errors as I would have them ignore mine.
    When a liberal can't defeat your argument, he picks on your typing skills.
     
  15. Fixxer

    Fixxer Got ointment?

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    They rely on the fact that these people don't have the money to fight them, and if they did, the 'unions' have a bottomless well of money to counter.

    The real insulting part is that these 'unions' use the money they essentially stole from the people to shaft those same people- they are being slaughtered with their own money.

    It would be like being forced to buy a nice Glock and a few boxes of ammo, and made to give it to the thug who intends to rob and murder you.

    With a nice red bow on it.

    Shameful and disgusting.
     
  16. MadeInAmerica

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    I am glad to be in a union.
     
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    I always viewed things such as a pay scale ceiling as the definition of management walking all over you. Nobody is going to tell me how much money I have the ability to make.


    :rofl: THAT, is funny.
     
  18. ChuteTheMall

    ChuteTheMall Wallbuilder and Weapon Bearer

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    I boycott union products every chance I get; they are the primary threat to freedom in America.

    Unfortunately, having all but destroyed private enterprise, now the majority of union members are government employees, and it's pretty hard to boycott the government without a revolution.

    I cheer every time a union member loses his job.
     
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    I have no use for unions or socialism. One way this daycare owner could stop this is to not take any government money for the care of the children of low income parents. The parents are responsible for their children not the government. Another solution is for parents to not have children they can't afford.
     
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    WHy? SO your money can support left wing ******bags?