Unions Picking Pockets – Cerebral Palsy Edition

I’ve read this story three times and I still can’t believe that A: they would be able to get away with this, and B: they would have the b*lls to do it even if it is legal.

As an aside, I wonder how much of the money ends up in Democratic campaign coffers?

[I’m glad to see Dr. Rizzo is as incensed as I am]

Thanks again to Coyote Blog for the story. (Pic: flickr by matiasjajaja)

SEIU siphons ‘dues’ from Mich. Medicaid payments: 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.

Michigan Department of Community Health Director Olga Dazzo explained the process in to her members of her staff.  “MQC3 basically runs the program for SEIU and passes the union dues from the state to the union,” she wrote in an email obtained by the Mackinac Center. Initiated in 2006 under then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich., the plan reportedly provides the SEIU with $6 million annually in union dues deducted from those Medicaid subsidies.

“We’re not even home health care workers. We’re just parents taking care of our kids,” Robert Haynes, a retired Detroit police officer, told the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. “Our daughter is 34 and our son is 30. They have cerebral palsy. They are basically like 6-month-olds in adult bodies. They need to be fed and they wear diapers. We could sure use that $30 a month that’s being sent to the union.”


  • Anonymous

    Every time I read an article or story about unions I get sick to my stomach.   Blahhh  This is disgusting and talk about preying on people that need help.  This stuff makes me so angry.