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Center’s SEIU Decertification Project in U.S. News & World Report

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor, a senior fellow and director of Economics21 at the Manhattan Institute wrote a great article in U.S. News & World Reprt called “Leaving is Too Much Labor: Joining a union is easy, but getting out of one is too tough for workers.”

You can read the entire article at the link above. Here is the shout out to MNPCA.org and what we are trying to do here in Minnesota.

It’s no easier for state employees to get rid of a union. A group of personal care assistants in Minnesota is trying to leave the Service Employees International Union-Healthcare Minnesota. Personal care assistants, who get Medicaid funds to look after disabled and sick people, are paid by the state of Minnesota.

In 2014, 3,500 workers chose to be represented by the SEIU. Minnesota is taking 3 percent (up to a maximum of $948 a year) out of the paychecks of those who voted for the union and sending the funds to the SEIU.

Although only 3,500 people voted to join the SEIU, it bargains on behalf of all 27,000 state assistants. In order to even have a vote to leave, they need to get signatures of 30 percent of the group, or 8,100 people.

Kim Crockett, director of the Employee Freedom Project at the Center of the American Experiment, a Minnesota-based policy organization, says, “Even though the 2014 Harris v. Quinn Supreme Court decision protects PCAs from mandatory dues, the SEIU now represents them against their will. So even if you are not a dues-paying union member, you are in the bargaining unit.” 

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