UAW President Bob King has a unique perspective on day care
worker “pay cuts.” During a press conference yesterday, King denounced Gov.
Rick Snyder’s administration for ending the Department of Human Service’s
practice of taking “dues” out of government subsidy payments that low-income
families use to pay home-based day care providers. According to the Detroit
Free Press, King described the governor’s action as part of an agenda “to
destroy the middle class.”
The truth is, many home-based day care providers around the
state are rejoicing that their pay is no longer being reduced for public-sector “union dues” — especially
since the providers are private employers who receive none of the benefits that
real public employees do. Many of them own
their own business, so the union could not represent them in negotiations,
could not bargain on their behalf. Yet money was being extracted anyway.
Nor did these providers benefit
from the promise of extra training — another justification for roping private
businesses into a government union. In 2006, Mott Community College was asked
to enter into an interlocal agreement with the DHS in order to have a mechanism for
creating the Michigan Home Based Child Care Council, the needed “employer” for
the union to bargain against. Mott agreed, on the understanding that it would be
instrumental in offering additional training to day care providers.
When the MHBCCC was dissolved by
Mott Community College earlier this week, Michael Kelly, Mott’s executive director of public information, said in an e-mail: “We are content to have this
end. We agreed to provide training but have never been asked to do so.”
What’s truly striking is that a
union that was willing to take millions of dollars from the child care subsidy
payments of “welfare-to-work” families is now expressing concern that children
will be thrown into poverty.
The evidence (including union
e-mails) seems clear that this whole day care arrangement was concocted
by the unions and the Granholm administration to siphon millions of dollars
from needy families and day care owners without
providing anything in return.
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