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Should Michigan Childcare providers be members of the UAW?

"Willing or not, Mashke and 40,000 other at-home providers are members of a labor partnership that represents people across Michigan who watch children from low-income families. Two unions receive 1.15 percent of the state subsidies granted to those providers, or more than $1 million a year. Mashke has given up about $100 this year, and while she says it's not a huge amount of money, she's among a small group of home-based providers suing in federal court to break free from organized labor. "It's the principle. It's my constitutional rights," she said. The plaintiffs claim they were driven into the union and forced to support it financially even though they work at home, are hired by families and are not state employees. In some cases, they are even related to the children in their care. In 2006, the UAW and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, were formally approved as partners in a union called Child Care Providers Together Michigan. Only 15 percent of the providers cast ballots, but 92 percent were in favor. The lawsuit, filed by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, claims that Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, and her administration cleared the way for the union in exchange for valuable political support from the UAW and AFSCME. Michigan is one of at least 16 states where unions are mandatory representatives of personal-care workers, according to National Right to Work. The state and the unions have defended the arrangement as the legal result of a process that was blessed by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission. They say there is no role for a federal judge to second-guess what has occurred." http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100912/ap_on_bi_ge/us_child_care_union Would you hire a scab if they strike to care for your children?

Asked By: pdooma - 9/12/2010
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That's a mess for everyone- but especially the kids, in my opinion... More
Answered By: Freckles - 9/12/2010
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This is getting downright ridiculous, in my opinion. I don't see why a private citizen should be forced to join a union. I would gladly hire a non-union babysitter if they seemed trustworthy and qualified.
Answered By: matt - 9/13/2010
 
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