WJBK-TV2 in Detroit Tuesday night covered the story of thousands of home health care workers who are being illegally forced to pay union dues, including one couple who cares for their disabled adult children. Michigan Capitol Confidential broke the story, which has received national attention, Nov. 9.
Patrick Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, explained during the newscast that a shell corporation was set up during the Granholm administration for the SEIU to organize against, and the “dues” are taken out of subsidy checks home health care aides, including family members, receive to care for the disabled. The money, about $6 million a year, is then funneled to the union.
Wright oversaw the legal battle that brought an end to a similar scheme involving home-based day care operators earlier this year.