Some care givers are pushing back. In Illinois, the SEIU lost its bid to unionize care givers. However, some are not so lucky.
In Michigan, Geri Millirons cares for her 32-year old quadriplegic son and was surprised to learn that a union was deducting union dues from the stipend she receives from the state.
Millirons said she is not an employee of anystate department or office, and has not been getting any union benefits like health care or retirement.
"They don't represent me. I am a mother, I take care of my son. I still work 24 hours a day, weekends and holidays," she said.
After questioning and demanding that the state stop the deductions, Millirons said they did -- but have not issued her a reimbursement for the roughly $700 that were taken out.
She said she wants to warn others about the automatic deductions.
"I know there are hundreds of women out here in the country just like me," she said.
Rep. Kim Meltzer has been working to introduce a bill that would end the automatic deductions.
"It was an inter-local agreement between the governor and the union officials. But why was this put in place? And why are family members who are taking care of their own children being required to be in a union?" Meltzer said. [Emphasis added.]
Why are family members required to pay union dues to take care of their own children?
A good question.
"I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes." Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
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