John Stossel, 2.11.2010: On The Road To Serfdom (Unions)(UPDATED VIDEO)

(Editor’s Note: I will update this post with Stossel’s program later today.)

John Stossel’s program today will cover the new law in Michigan that automatically makes small business owners who run daycare centers be part of a union and pay union dues.

From BigGovernment:

Also in Michigan, a story of three women who run their own independent businesses out of their homes, caring for neighborhood children. They each recently  received a letter indicating that they are now dues-paying members of the Child Care Providers Together Michigan union – a complete surprise to them.

Loar v. DHS from Mackinac Center on Vimeo.

After a 2006 Executive Order by the Michigan Governor awarded the union (a partnership of UAW and AFSCME) bargaining rights for home child care workers, all it took for the union to convert all 40,000 child care workers to dues paying members was 5,900 signed union authorization cards.  That left some independent home child care workers, who’d for years considered themselves self-employed, feeling dismayed and stunned. Such began cries of forced unionism and initiated a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Human Services.  The lawyer for the plaintiffs, Patrick Wright from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, explains that the whole arrangement –

is nothing more than “a government ’shell corporation‘ designed to get around possible political and constitutional obstructions to the arrangement”.  Wright offers a detailed backgrounder on this case and a fantastic explanation of the scheme behind the actions.

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So, was this an instance of unintended consequences that were simply unforeseen by the state of Michigan and its representatives working with the unions?  Or was unionizing 40,000 child care workers under the quiet cover of an apparently under-advertised vote by mail campaign an intended consequence for AFSCME and UAW?  More importantly, why is SEIU’s part in this production so downplayed?  Their joint documents clearly indicate that SEIU is driving the national movement to unionize home child care workers all across the country.  Not to mention SEIU’s “Kids First” program, which is both the beneficiary and the business driver behind all of these new home child care union members, in concert with AFSCME’s efforts.

John Stossel, 2.11.2010

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3 thoughts on “John Stossel, 2.11.2010: On The Road To Serfdom (Unions)(UPDATED VIDEO)”

  1. If these providers were taking only private pay they may be able to get out of this. If you receive subsidy money they own you. I am self-employed in this capacity and will not do subsidize care, not due to any bias just the sheer amount of additional regulations that are required,

    I am sure there are lawyers out there who will take on this case, you are self-employed but you are also sole proprietor, if you are not employing anyone I do not see how you can be required to be in a union, unless you are taking state money then you are at the mercy of tptb.

    I read about this possible coming so this did not surprise me and the main reason people take subsidize children is you are always full and have a waiting list. Your income is secure, so the trade off is your day care is always at capacity but the state can make deals about your business. You have to chose your battles, for me I would rather run under capacity than have any more intrusions in my business.

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