This booklet contains the Mackinac Center Legal
Foundation’s final legal filing in a nationally known case
involving the illegal unionization of Michigan’s home-based
day care business owners and providers as government
employees. Wright argued the case in the Michigan
courts on behalf of Sherry Loar, Michelle Berry and Paulette
Silverson, who each own home-based day care businesses.
The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation sued to end the DHS' illegal diversion of so-called "union dues" from state subsidy checks received by home-based day care providers who watch children from low-income families. The "dues" were funneled to a government-employee union that purports to represent more than 40,000 of Michigan's home-based day care providers, who are actually private business owners and independent contractors.
The case was ruled moot by the Michigan Supreme Court after the DHS ceased to collect the dues and the DHS director stated that these home-based day care providers are not public employees.