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Harris Ruling Could Cost IL AFSCME, SEIU $20 MILLION

From the Washington Free Beacon:

‘Harris’ Ruling Could Cost AFSCME, SEIU Tens of Millions

By Bill McMorris | June 30, 2014

The Supreme Court ruling that struck down coercive union membership among Illinois home health workers could cost unions tens of millions of dollars, according to labor observers.

The court ruled 5-4 that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D.) violated the First Amendment when he forced home health care workers, many of whom were caring for sick family members, to pay union dues. The ruling will impact the SEIU and AFSCME, the two unions that earned millions from the scheme, according to Paul Kersey of the Illinois Policy Institute.

“There’s $20 million a year they are used to getting from home care people and [home] daycare people and they won’t be receiving that soon,” he said. “This should bring an end to that.” …

Isn’t it outrageous that these union goons have been collecting $20 million a year from people who are just, for the most part, parents who are taking care of their disabled children? And this is just in one state.

Also, bear in mind that this is ultimately money coming from the taxpayers, since these care-givers are being paid by Medicaid. (Of course, some might also question why taxpayers are paying parents to take care of the disabled children in the first place.)

The Harris case could soon spread outside of Illinois. Thirteen other states currently force home health workers and daycare workers to give part of their Medicaid payments to unions. The Supreme Court’s decision has laid the foundation to challenge those state policies, according to Patrick Semmens, spokesman for the National Right to Work Committee, which represented Harris in the suit. “This will help us in existing challenges we have going to end these types of schemes in other states,” he said.

The decision could strike a devastating blow to national labor groups, despite the fact that home health care workers in Illinois paid as little as $30 a month to the unions, according to Semmens.

$30 a month is not that little. Given how small the money from Medicaid is.

“We’ve estimated that there are as many as half a million people who aren’t state employees being called state employees for the purpose of paying dues,” he said…

We’re only surprised these union thugs haven’t tried to strong arm everyone who gets Medicaid into joining their union.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Harris Ruling Could Cost IL AFSCME, SEIU $20 MILLION”

  1. canary says:

    Shocking. They aren’t even health care workers or state employees. Quinn needs to be prosecuted.

    “Pamela Harris, a 52-year-old woman who collects several hundred Medicaid dollars each month to care for her disabled child, sued the state after discovering that a portion of the Medicaid payments was being siphoned off to the SEIU, a major Democratic donor. Quinn, continuing a policy put in place by imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D.), decided that mothers like Harris could be classified as state employees and be forced into the union.”

  2. Mithrandir says:

    Another democrat TROJAN HORSE scam that finally went to the Supreme Court.

    The facade is the lowly worker just trying to get “A fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work” while the Trojan Horse is the union dues going right into the re-election campaigns for democrats.

    No wonder they want to get Wal*Mart unionized so badly. If I was Wal*Mart and they unionized, I would keep my money, mismanage it so badly, it would close down. -Easy to do, just follow K-Mart’s example.

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