Tell me you are surprised:
If you’re a parent who accepts Medicaid payments from the State of Michigan to help support your mentally-disabled adult children, you qualify as a state employee for the purposes of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). They can now claim and receive a portion of your Medicaid in the form of union dues.
Robert and Patricia Haynes live in Michigan with their two adult children, who have cerebral palsy. The state government provides the family with insurance through Medicaid, but also treats them as caregivers. For the SEIU, this makes them public employees and thus members of the union, which receives $30 out of the family’s monthly Medicaid subsidy. The Michigan Quality Community Care Council (MQC3) deducts union dues on behalf of SEIU.
In total, SEIU rakes in $6 million a year from the little scam. A similar scheme, passed by the ridiculous and ineffective union shill Jennifer Granholm, hit in-home daycare providers. Governor Snyder has ended that one; now it’s time to end the other. The bill to repeal has stalled in the state senate.
There’s no quote from SEIU but I would love to see them justify taking money from the parents of disabled children in exchange for … nothing. No union benefits or insurance or anything. I realize that taking care of your own children is depriving a union employee of a job. But some of us see that kind of self-sacrifice as the kind of thing that shouldn’t be punished.