Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010
Director, Mackinac Center Legal Foundation
— Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who for more than a year has been nearly silent on her
role in the forced unionization of more than 40,000
home day care providers, boasted of her involvement at a national union
convention in 2008, Mackinac Center Communications Specialist Kathy Hoekstra
reports in a video released
Michigan, because of the partnership between AFSCME and the governor's office,
this means that 45,000 new AFSCME members, quality child care providers, will be
on the ground providing care to children," the governor said in a speech at the
38th international convention of the American Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees. "That is great for our state."
Center's six-minute video reveals the behind-the-scenes steps taken by the
offices of the governor and lieutenant governor to make it possible
for these business owners and private contractors to be roped into a
public-sector union. Michigan is the only state where home day care workers have
been unionized without legislation or an executive order. Instead, the Michigan
Department of Human Services and Mott Community College in Flint entered into an
interlocal agreement to create a so-called employer for the day care
Mackinac Center Legal Foundation is suing the Michigan Department of Human
Services to stop the agency's diversion of nearly $3 million in union "dues"
from providers to union coffers. The money is being taken from subsidy checks
that day care owners receive on behalf of low-income parents who need child care
while they work or attend school.
footage forever ties this scheme to the executive branch," said Patrick Wright,
director of the MCLF. "This was not a bureaucratic happenstance. It was a
deliberate and strategic choice by the governor, her office and the lieutenant
governor. But really, that's unconstitutional overreach, just as we've argued in
our lawsuit all along. Only the Legislature has the power to decide which groups
of people will be public employees, and it has never said that about these day
lawsuit has been appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court, which is considering
whether to hear the case.