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Despite Collapse in Membership, SEIU Poised to Go All-In in Michigan

$150 million campaign blunted by right-to-work law

… by the end of the “ dues skim ” — a stealth unionization … scheme that siphoned “dues” from funds meant for … has lost 8% of its dues and fee payers, according …

10 Years Of Michigan Capitol Confidential Online

If CapCon doesn’t report it, who will?

… search for the term “dues skim” on the Michigan Capitol … caregivers and extract “dues” from the small Medicaid … automatically deduct union dues from home health care …

Mackinac Wins 2019 State Policy Network Award

… work on ending the dues skim. Other recipients include … first coined the term “dues skim” after the Mackinac …

Looking at 2019 with Gratitude

… dollars from payments due caregivers. The White … government to end the dues skim. A host …

Love for Life and Liberty

A Donor Spotlight of Dr. John Martha Pafford

… right-to-work, ending the dues skim, and advancing school …

What the Mackinac Center is Thankful for in 2019

Freedom, fairness and fiscal responsibility

… dollars from payments due caregivers. The White … government to end the dues skim. A host …

Michigan’s Corporate Subsidy Board Faces Tough Questioning

There’s a better way to help small business

… wasn’t showing proper due diligence when checking … board in Lansing, skimming millions off the …

10 Years of Victories: The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Celebrates … and Looks Forward

… unionized and forced to pay dues. It took over a year … International Union was skimming dues from the governmental … forced to pay union dues and fees. Without citing …

By the Numbers: The Dues Skim

… Medicaid checks during the dues skim between 2004 and 2013 $200 … siphoned even after the dues skim was ruled unconstitutional 84%  — …

Ending the 'Dues Skim' in Michigan

How the government was stopped from taking money from paychecks

Under the dues skim, Medicaid payments meant … her provider. The dues skim was an effort … by March 2012. The skim, which began in 2004, …

Michigan’s Laboratory for Liberty

Letter from the executive vice president

… prohibits unions from skimming dues off the payments Medicaid … team gave it a name — “dues skim” — that is now universally …

Mackinac Center Applauds Federal Change Ending Dues Skimming

Unions can no longer skim an estimated $200 million in dues from home health care workers

… automatically deduct union dues from home health care … home caregivers and skim money from their paychecks. … million every year is skimmed from the paychecks … decade ago of unions skimming funds from those …

Dues Skimming Meets Its Demise

Federal rule ends a union's ability to involuntarily take money from home health care givers

Today, due to a newly minted federal … the home health care dues skim, whereby Medicaid grants … Quinn, unions began skimming money from home …

Agency Guidance to Minimize or Eliminate Dues Skimming

… clarifying that union dues skimming from TANF and CCDF … could clarify that dues skimming is a misuse of TANF …

Ending the Skimming of Union Dues from Federal Child Care Funds

This report, jointly published by the Freedom Foundation and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, outlines how the federal government can put an end to the inappropriate use of funding for two federal programs: the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the Child Care and Development Fund. Despite Supreme Court rulings against the practice, several states still allow unions to siphon off dues payments from these funds intended to support home care and child care services for low-income families and the disabled.

Conclusion

… practice by some states of skimming union dues from federal funds … continuing the practice of dues skimming. Though guidance …

Potential Legal Challenges to Rulemaking

… required to end union dues skimming from CCDF and TANF … rules prohibiting union dues skimming are not “in excess …

Background

… before deducting any dues or fees from their … of union deductions skimmed by state governments … automatically deducting union dues from the TANF and CCDF … disposal to end these dues-skimming schemes and protect …

Rulemaking Proposals

… deduction of union dues from CCDF benefits: (f) … fund. To prohibit dues skimming of TANF child … current rules union dues skimming is not “reasonably …

Opt-in Requirement to Ensure Clear Consent

… action to regulate union dues collection from CCDF … prohibiting all union dues skimming. Janus v. … regulating union dues skimming, would provide evidence …

Victory for Mark Janus

How the Mackinac Center's years advancing worker freedom in Michigan have paid off across the country

… forcibly collect fees or dues from public employees. … health aides in a dues-skim operation had been reversed … between paying full union dues or, if they resigned … 80 percent of full dues. Though Janus does …

Medicaid Dues Skim May Come To An End, After All

Friends, relatives of disabled individuals among those swept into public sector unions

… from deducting union dues from checks sent to … referred to as a “dues skim,” is currently allowed … letting unions deduct dues from their checks, … million in union dues was skimmed from Medicaid checks. In …

A Look at Unions in Michigan, Five Years After Right-to-Work

Most of state’s largest unions have seen a collapse in members and political spending

… be members and pay dues to unions. Since then, … ending the “ dues skim ” (automatic unionization), … union membership and dues. Below is a summary … we only count full, dues-paying, voting members). …

Right-to-Work May Soon Come to Public Sector Workers Everywhere

… subject was the illegal dues skim from private day care … to be forced to pay dues or fees to a union … employees are forced to pay dues or fees. In the years …

30 Years for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Our research helped usher in significant reforms

… examples is the SEIU’s “dues skim,” which allowed this …

By The Numbers: 30 Years

… forced into a union that skimmed dues off of their patients' … of the union and pay dues.

Mackinac Center Heroes

Profiles of a few of the Michiganders we’ve helped over the years

… legislation ending the dues skim, and voters rejecting …

How Right-to-Work and the End of the 'Dues Skim' Killed the SEIU in Michigan

Membership, revenue and political spending plummet

… choice by ending the “dues skim” and then passing right-to-work. Dues Skim In 2005, former …

Unions Admit Forcing People to Pay Dues is Political

U.S. Supreme Court considers right-to-work for all

… force people to pay dues and in turn spend hundreds … continue the “dues skim” from home caregivers … state stayed on as dues-paying members. The … the burden of paying dues and ignoring the invaluable …

Home Health Caregivers Might Find Relief from Union Coercion at Supreme Court

Mackinac Center joins groups to call an end to the union dues skim

In Michigan, the dues skim against home-based day … this case would end dues skims nationally. It … in 2011 . A similar skim against home health …

Trump Administration Can Protect Funds Intended for Disabled and Low-Income

Study explains how to stop the union ‘dues skim’ of federal money

… they’re entitled to these dues. Ensuring that money … These funds are being skimmed away by unions claiming … recommends ways to end this “dues skim” and increase support …

How to Stop the 'Dues Skim' of Federal Home Health Care and Child Care Funding

A PDF copy of this study is available.

Introduction

United States taxpayers currently spend $545 billion annually on the federal government’s Medicaid program. This money is meant to aid the disabled and vulnerable and to support low-income families. However, millions of these dollars are being redirected before they ever reach the people they are meant to support.

About $41.5 billion of Medicaid funds are sent to states through the Home and Community-Based Services “waiver” program.This waiver allows those eligible for Medicaid — individuals suffering from a disability, illness or other affliction — to use these funds to pay for in-home care, as opposed to enrolling in an institution. These in-home services are often provided by family members or friends, or other local, independent providers. Medicaid payments are sent directly to these providers on behalf of their Medicaid-eligible “client.”

 

The Legislative Clock is Ticking

It’s time for free-market reformers to act

… banned the SEIU’s “dues skim” of day care providers. The … resources to collect union dues and, famously, enacting …

The Legislative Clock is Ticking

It's time for free-market reformers to act

… banned the SEIU’s “ dues skim ” of day care providers. The … to collect union dues and, famously, enacting …

How We Use FOIA to Hold Government Accountable

Happy ‘Sunshine Week’ 2017

… Nevertheless, unions skimmed tens of millions of dollars in dues from government subsidies …

Union Behind Michigan ‘Dues Skim’ Facing More Corruption Allegations

SEIU Healthcare Michigan has a history of problems

… get [elected].” The “dues skim” took $34 million of … union responsible for skimming tens of millions … could collect their “dues.” In the process of …

Time for Labor Unions to Collect their Own Dues

The on-going SEIU dues skim must end

… Price. “End the dues skim once and for all.” Harris, … should be done? The dues skim operates in government … the union directly skimmed a portion of the …

Major Accomplishments

Here are some things we're really proud of.

… resources to deduct union dues from teacher payroll … count via an online “skim tracker” of some $35 … permission to deduct dues from paychecks, bringing …

Worker Freedom for Public Employees Likely Heads to State Courts

… are political. Due in large part to the … and home caregivers dues skims, in 2014, the Supreme …

Right-to-Work Case Will Be Reargued

… agent. Perhaps due to the Mackinac Center’s … exposing the home day care dues skim, the Supreme Court had … lower courts, which, due to Abood, had to rule …

Union Activists Protest Opposition to Coerced Union Dues

U.S. Supreme Court to consider case next week

… employees to pay union dues or fees as a condition … 2013, the SEIU had a dues skimming scheme by which … Center.” When the state stopped skimming money from home-based …

Mackinac Center Subject of SEIU Protest

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association at issue

… stopped paying union dues. The organizers of … case. SEIU was involved in skimming tens of millions … power to keep forced dues flowing. In …

State's Corporate Welfare Agency Has a History of Secrecy

… health care provider dues skim created later by Gov. …

U.S. Supreme Court Accepts Case to Give 'Right-to-Work' to All Public Employees

Court could end compulsory union 'agency fee' payments for government workers

… right to not have union dues extracted, but agency … Fees Supreme Court Ends 'Dues Skim' Nationwide … percent of the full dues payments. Michigan's … without compulsory dues or fees, many workers …

SEIU Affiliate’s Revenue Cut in Half After 'Dues Skim' Ended

SEIU Healthcare Michigan dues collection went from $11.3 million to $5.4 million

… reported $5,398,383 in dues and fees in 2014. That's … during which the union's dues skim was in place. The … Standards. The roots of the dues skim reach back to the mid-2000s …

Labor Union Caught in Dues Skim Fails to File Annual Report with Federal Government

SEIU Healthcare Michigan reported losing 80 percent of its members after dues skim ended

… Michigan’s health care “dues skim,” has failed to file … threshold. The dues skim was created in 2005 …

CapCon 5 Year Anniversary

… the public on the “dues skim” that was taking money … unions. One of these skims ended legislatively; …

Interview with Bob Gallant, Mackinac Center Supporter

… organization that was skimming dues from hard-working …

Washington Examiner Quotes Vernuccio

Supreme Court could take up issue of agency fees

… Quinn , which ended a dues skim from home healthcare …

Mackinac Center Attorneys Keep Local Governments Honest

… that involves a union skimming the dues of home care workers. …

Court of Claims Tosses MEA's Right-to-Work Lawsuit

State Capitol was closed when union protesters pushed past guards, impeded medical workers

… been closed for a time due to protesters. Judge … Protesters Have SEIU 'Dues Skim' Connections 'We'll … members' hard-earned dues money was a futile …

CapCon Interview with Founding Editor Ken Braun and Mackinac Center President Joseph G. Lehman

On its fifth year anniversary, a history lesson

… SEIU’s unconscionable skimming of so-called dues dollars from Medicaid … pulled the plug on the skim. Our success laid the … which outlawed similar skims nationwide. You …

The Best of the Best: CapCon's Top 10 Stories of 2014

Police seize property; religious discrimination in school contracts; Obamacare piles on disabled family’s burdens

… Drops 80 Percent After Dues Skim Ends Once they … themselves whether to pay dues money to the SEIU union, …

Two Wins for Freedom from Union Coercion in 2014

The end of the dues skim and the busting of the 'August Window'

… forced to pay union dues. The ruling meant that … known as the SEIU dues skim . It was a scheme that … battle over the dues skim included legislative …

Top 25 of 2014

Our most popular offerings of the year

… Drops 80 Percent After Dues Skim Ends Legislators … Who Stopped Paying Dues MEA Executives … 8,000 Haven’t Paid Dues; Some Teachers Say …

What Heroes Might You and I Meet in 2015?

… known as the SEIU “dues skim”? Their willingness … family to pay union dues are against the First … helped us figure out the skim, which helped us submit …

Mackinac Center Updates

… European Union. Dues Money Returned Steven … International Employees Union skimmed money out of checks … of all the returned dues that were previously … Mackinac Center, the dues skim ended and Glossop and …

What Should the Next Legislature Do?

… bans on unseemly union dues-skimming schemes, and of …

Appointments: A Rarely Recognized Gubernatorial Power

Which can have major effects

… the SEIU healthcare dues skim. Governors also … became known as the dues skim. This year, MERC is …

MICHIGAN CAPITOL CONFIDENTIAL

Summer 2014 Edition

… Drops 80 Percent After Dues Skim Ends Michigan Families … Who Stopped Paying Dues Right-to-Work … Thousands Not Paying Dues Or Fees Hypocrisy …

Supreme Court Ends ‘Dues Skim’ Nationwide

… required to pay union dues as a condition of employment. How … but not before SEIU skimmed $34 million away … in the form of union dues, regardless of whether … required to pay union dues, even if they objected …

Who needs a vacation anyway?

… their own homes to pay dues or fees simply because … Mackinac Center put this “dues skim” on the map in Michigan, …

Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door For Daycare Workers To Get Money Back

Unions took $4 million from Michigan daycare workers; class action lawsuit now possible

… care providers had dues and fees deducted from … back." Michigan's " daycare dues skim " lasted a shorter … on assistance. The dues and fees were then … caregivers. The daycare dues skim started in 2009 and …

Supreme Court Ends Dues Skim Nationwide

… underhanded union scheme that skimmed “dues” from those who were … an almost identical dues skim in Illinois was illegal …

Wilcox in Detroit News

SCOTUS decision's Michigan roots

… unionization and dues skim that in Michigan took …

Reitz in The American Spectator

Commentary on SEIU defeat

… case to a similar dues skim that occurred here …

Michigan Families Set Stage For Helping End Forced Unionization Schemes

Supreme Court ruled daycare, home-based caregivers not public employees and can't be unionized

… take place. That's due primarily to resistance … known as the SEIU "dues skim" involved numerous … governor. The dues skim featured the forced …

Supreme Court Takes One Step Away from Forced Unionization

A blow to SEIU's recruitment scheme

… required to pay union dues as a condition of employment. … but not before SEIU skimmed $34 million away … this ruling on union dues ( Harris v. Quinn ) … — after SEIU’s dues skim was terminated the union …

Media Cite Center on Supreme Court Case

SEIU-type dues skim outlawed

… caregivers and the ensuing dues skim .” Wright also … returning some of the dues money” skimmed by the SEIU, and …

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Home-Based Caregivers in Nine States Free from Union Dues Skim

Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed two briefs at the High Court regarding the case

… paying compulsory union dues in a 5-4 decision … caregivers and the ensuing dues skim,” said Patrick J. Wright, … Michigan saw the SEIU skim more than $34 million …

Supreme Court Rules Unionization Schemes Involving Home-Based Care Providers Are Illegal

Mackinac Center represented workers similar to those in Illinois who were forced to pay union dues simply because they got state money

… forced to pay union dues. The Justices … it means that the 'dues skim' that the SEIU set up … to try to keep the skim alive. It relied on …

Audit Shows SEIU 'Dues Skim' Likely Bolstered By Extra $3.7 Million; Union-Run Registry Ineffective

… home health care " dues skim ." The audit also … official end of the "dues skim,” the SEIU would have …

Unionization Ruling Before The Supreme Court Could Be 'Huge'

Political consultant: Ruling could 'dramatically undermine public sector unions'

… home health care "dues skim" that took place in … of the whole union dues thing. "Overall, … Confidential of the SEIU Dues Skim Legal Foundation …

Unionization Case Before The Supreme Court Could Have Lasting National Impact

Harris v. Quinn could make all public employees eligible for right-to-work; case is flying under the radar

… choose whether to pay dues or fees to a union … equivalent of Michigan's dues skim, which resulted in the … Confidential covering the dues skim after it was in place, …

Union Loses $4.2 Million After Dues Skim Ends

… the home health care dues skim that funneled $34 million … its members since the dues skim ended on March 1, 2013. Based …

State, National Media on SEIU's Downward Spiral

Right-to-work rescues 44k from stealth unionization scheme

Right-to-work rescues 44k from stealth unionization scheme.

SEIU Membership Drops 80 Percent

When given a choice, thousands refuse to join

When given a choice, thousands refuse to join.

SEIU Membership Drops 80 Percent After Dues Skim Ends

Union loses $4.2 million in dues and fees

… were forced to pay dues or fees to the SEIU … across the state. The " dues skim " ended in 2013, but … affected by the dues skim. It also is more than …

SEIU Fined for Campaign Finance Violations

Union dues skim took $34 million from Medicaid

… $34 million in forced dues from home-based caregivers as part of its dues skim , has received … part of its dues skim , has received the …

SEIU Fined Almost $200,000 Over Actions Tied To 2012 Ballot Proposal Campaign

Union suffers another loss related to dues skim, which took more than $34 million from home-based caregivers

… home health care dues skim , has been fined $199,000 for … 2006 and when the dues skim finally ended in early …

Health Care Workers Having Trouble Finding Union That Plays Fair

Union member: 'Thank God that Michigan is now a right-to-work state'

… home health care dues skim , which orchestrated … currently paying union dues under these circumstances. … service to earn their dues they'll just use bait-and-switch …

Wright Discusses Supreme Court Visit on WJR

Illinois union scheme similar to SEIU dues skim

… is similar to the dues skim inflicted upon home-based …

U.S. Supreme Court Discusses Right-to-Work For All Public Employees

Union 'dues skim' case could mean the end of forced unionization of home-based caregivers, others

… related to union " dues skim " issues happening … Michigan's home health care dues skim. In Michigan, Illinois, …

George Will Cites CapCon in Washington Post

SEIU dues skim highlighted ahead of SCOTUS case

… coverage of the SEIU dues skim that took $34 million …

2013 In Review: Worker Freedom, Medicaid Expansion Took Center Stage

… if they want to pay dues or fees to a union … MEA . The SEIU "Dues Skim" Finally Ends In … fired for not paying dues or fees. Union … longer was able to skim money from the checks …

Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Case

Illinois scheme similar to Michigan SEIU ‘dues skim’

… Michigan saw the SEIU skim more than $34 million in “dues” from Medicaid checks …

Interview with A Supporter

This issue: Gil Harter

… I think about that dues skim. [The skimming of some $34 million … $34 million in union “dues” from Michigan home-based …

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Gala

… this planet and it is due to capitalism,” Mackey … to end the SEIU’s “dues skim” and stealth unionization …

Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Asks Appeals Court to Correct Michigan Employment Relations Commission Error

‘Clients are caught in a Catch-22’

… improperly received in dues. MERC on April 11 dismissed … Schuette. The dues skim continued after a federal … have a portion of the dues returned. “Our … Constitution. The dues skim funneled more than $34 …

MICHIGAN CAPITOL CONFIDENTIAL

Fall 2013 Edition

… Investigation over Prop 4  ‘Dues Skim’ took $35 million from …

Legal Foundation Defends Clients Caught in a Catch-22

… even a portion of the dues returned and the union … students . But the dues skim of home-based … that a portion of the dues siphoned away be returned.

Courage, Conviction Help Take Down Forced Unionization Schemes

… least $300 a year in dues or fees, but they won't … purposely uses the term "skim" when she talks about … familiar? "The ' Skim Tracker " in Michigan … now hoping to get "skim trackers" scrolling …

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees To Look At Forced Unionization

Illinois case could free home-based caregivers nationwide

… home-based caregiver "dues skim," which  transferred … importantly, increase dues collection. Cases sprung … Confidential of the SEIU Dues Skim Legal Foundation …

Capitol Protesters Fined $500 Each For Trying To Storm Senate Chamber

Most of arrested right-to-work protesters had SEIU 'dues skim' connections

… home health care dues skim , each were fined $500 … whether they want to pay dues or fees to a union … "home health care dues skim," was on its last legs, …

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Decide if Forced Unionization Violates Constitution

Illinois scheme was focus of MCLF amicus brief

… SEIU was able to skim more than $34 million in “dues” from Medicaid checks …

SEIU Under Investigation over Prop 4

'Dues Skim' took $35 million from Medicaid recipients

… stories documenting the dues skim from the beginning, … state constitution the skimming of millions of dollars … effort to increase dues paying members, the …

MICHIGAN CAPITOL CONFIDENTIAL

Summer 2013 Edition

… Resources to Withhold Union Dues Michigan Republicans … to Try and Continue ‘Dues Skim’ Oregon Study Suggests …

Government Entities Stymie FOIA Requests To Hide Information

Michigan Legislators pushing for change

… stories. Exposing the SEIU “ dues skim ,” where the Service …