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2012 Senate Bill 1018: Ban “stealth" unionization of independent contractors paid with government subsidies

Public Act 76 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on March 14, 2012, to establish that a person whose private employment compensation comes from a direct or indirect government subsidy is not considered a government employee, and so is not subject to being inducted into a government employee union. Such a scheme involving home day care providers was ended after a Mackinac Center lawsuit, and the bill would end a similar one extracting SEIU union dues from home health care workers.
    • Referred to the Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee on March 14, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 22, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on March 22, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 22, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Coleman Young (D) on March 22, 2012, to strip-out a provision that essentially makes the bill retroactive, by establishing that the state's past recognition of unionizations of the sort the bill would prohibit were invalid. The amendment failed 13 to 25 in the Senate on March 22, 2012.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Passed 25 to 13 in the Senate on March 22, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on March 22, 2012.
    • Referred to the House Government Operations Committee on March 22, 2012.
      • Reported in the House on March 27, 2012, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on March 27, 2012, to strip-out a provision that essentially makes the bill retroactive, by establishing that the state's past recognition of unionizations of the sort the bill would prohibit were invalid. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 27, 2012.
  4. Passed 63 to 46 in the House on March 28, 2012, to establish that a person whose private employment compensation comes from a direct or indirect government subsidy is not considered a government employee, and so is not subject to being inducted into a government employee union. Such a scheme involving home day care providers was ended after a Mackinac Center lawsuit, and the bill would end a similar one extracting SEIU union dues from home health care workers.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Moved to reconsider by Rep. Kate Segal (D) on March 29, 2012. The motion failed 45 to 63 in the House on March 29, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on April 9, 2012.

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