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2010 House Bill 6195: Authorize unionization of home personal assistance providers
Introduced by Rep. Bert Johnson (D) on May 19, 2010
To codify in statute a scheme begun in 2004 by which the state has unionized 42,000 individuals hired by elderly or disabled Medicaid recipients to provide personal care services in their homes. These providers are not employees of the state, so the scheme uses the legal device of creating a shell government “employer” (the “Michigan Quality Community Care Council”) that transfers some $6.6 million in Medicaid money annually to the SEIU union (considered the “union dues” for these workers). Note: A "stealth unionization" lawsuit filed by the Mackinac Center is pending regarding a similar arrangement imposed on home day care providers.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on May 19, 2010
Reported in the House on May 26, 2010
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. John Walsh (R) on July 1, 2010
To exempt information contained in a registry of caregivers the bill would create from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on July 1, 2010
Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on July 1, 2010
To establish that the wages of care providers who belong to the union would be 1.9 percent higher than those who choose to opt out of the union.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on July 1, 2010
Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on July 1, 2010
To sunset the law the bill would create on Dec. 31, 2012.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on July 1, 2010
Passed 66 to 41 in the House on July 1, 2010.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To codify in statute a scheme begun in 2004 by which the state has unionized 42,000 individuals hired by elderly or disabled Medicaid recipients to provide personal care services in their homes. These providers are not employees of the state, so the scheme uses the legal device of creating a shell government “employer” (the “Michigan Quality Community Care Council”) that transfers some $6.6 million in Medicaid money annually to the SEIU union (considered the “union dues” for these workers). Note: A "stealth unionization" lawsuit filed by the Mackinac Center is pending regarding a similar arrangement imposed on home day care providers.
Received in the Senate on July 21, 2010
Referred to the Senate Senior Citizens and Veterans Affairs Committee on July 21, 2010

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