A political amoeba. Seventh in a series.
Background from the first article in this series:
Thousands of home-based health care providers have been forced into a union because they receive assistance from the state while they take care of loved ones who are disabled. The Service Employees International Union receives close to $6 million annually in forced dues from this abusive arrangement.
House Bill 4003 would end this injustice by clarifying that Michiganders who care for relatives in their own homes are not government employees, and hence are not appropriate targets for government unions. That bill has passed the House but is stuck in the Senate. While we wait for the Senate to act, the SEIU continues to siphon money that was meant to help families.
Here's one example of where that money might be going, drawn from the SEIU's 2010 LM-2 report.
SEIU Healthcare Michigan, like many programs of the Service Employees International Union, is tied in with a bewildering array of SEIU entities, all of whom partake in the union's extremist politics. The national SEIU organization transferred close to $5.2 million to
SEIU also transferred $186,000 to
SEIU Healthcare Michigan is one of several SEIU Healthcare affiliates. There is also a national SEIU Healthcare organization, which was the recipient of $145,247 from the national union. SEIU Healthcare is determined to defend the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (aka Obamacare) and the Obama administration's controversial decision to permit only an extremely narrow religious exemption from its contraception coverage mandate.
This is one of many SEIU projects that Michigan taxpayers are indirectly supporting with money that was supposed to go to families of disabled people.
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