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.
The Applied Research Center, with offices in New York, Chicago and Oakland, Calif., describes itself as a "racial justice think tank." It received several payments totaling $136,195 from the Service Employees International Union, which categorized this as an "overhead" expense, claiming that ARC served as some sort of "consultant." What sort of consulting work ARC did was not described.
When not consulting for SEIU, the ARC works on racial issues, advocating such things as "dropping the 'I' word (illegal) from the immigration debate. It also hosts a biennial "Facing Race" conference. ARC also issues research reports. Its most recent are:
This is one of many organizations that people across Michigan with disabled relatives are being forced to support in violation of state law.
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