Gov. Granholm has been quiet at home about her role in the unionization
of child care providers, but she bragged openly about "the partnership"
between AFSCME and her office at the union's 2008 convention.
Despite Gov. Jennifer Granholm's year-long, glaring public silence on the
stealth unionization of Michigan's home-based day care providers, all roads
seem to lead to her office.
For more than a year,
Mackinac Center Communications Specialist Kathy Hoekstra has been investigating
the mechanism by which Michigan's private, home-based day care providers were
forced into a public employees union. Along the way, Hoekstra uncovered several
nuggets that hinted the scheme was hatched at the top of the administration, in
collusion with the United Auto Workers and the American Federation of State,
County and Municipal Employees. When she discovered a little-viewed video
online, Hoekstra's suspicions were confirmed.
The video was from 2008
and showed Gov. Granholm speaking at AFSCME's 38th international convention. In
light of her office's later insistence that they merely complied with the
unionization request procedure, the governor's boast in the opening lines of
the video was quite startling:
"In 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."
this portion of Gov. Granholm's speech into a video that laid out the rest
of the evidence that points to the governor's administration as being complicit
with the UAW And AFSCME in conjuring up a way to turn private business owners
and independent contractors into public employees for the sake of boosting
The video made a big splash in
the blogosphere as well as Detroit radio waves. WJR 760AM's Frank Beckmann
interviewed Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Director Patrick Wright, who said,
"This footage forever ties this scheme to the executive branch."