Home-based day care operators in Michigan who were illegally shanghaied into a public-sector union and forced to pay “dues” could recoup their money if a federal lawsuit is successful, according to the Livingston Daily Press & Argus.

Thousands of day care owners and providers were forced into the union as part of deal between Gov. Jennifer Granholm, the UAW and AFSCME. The providers receive subsidy checks from the state if they care for children of low-income parents, and some $4 million in “dues” was taken from those checks. That practice, which the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation fought in court, ended in March.

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