After Trump Rule Change, Minnesota Home Care Workers Can Decide for Themselves Whether to Pay Union Dues

Washington Free Beacon | 5/9/2019 | Bethany Blankley -
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Minnesota Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) are speaking out about the Trump administration's decision to prevent unions from taking hundreds of millions of dollars from their paychecks.

The Obama-era rule allowed Medicaid payments to be diverted to government unions, which the Trump administration found violates the Social Security Act.

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"The rule change means family members and friends who stay home to care for loved ones will keep all of the Medicaid payments intended for them, rather than paying hundreds of dollars to the SEIU," the state's fiscal conservative think tank, the Center of the American Experiment, said in a statement.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is one of two of the largest public sector unions in the country that lost more than 90 percent of their fee-paying nonmembers less than one year after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Janus vs. AFSCME.

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"Currently, the state of Minnesota takes money out of Medicaid support checks meant to improve the quality of life of America's sick, elderly and disabled, and gives it to the SEIU," the center explains.

The process of unions siphoning money from Medicaid became legal in 2013 after former Gov. Mark Dayton and the majority-DFL Legislature passed a law stating that PCAs were "public employees." But Minnesota PCAs maintain that they are not public employees and don't receive public employment benefits like pensions or health care. Rather, they are often caring for family members and others in their own homes.

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In Minnesota, the SEIU has taken 3 percent of PCA gross wages with a cap of $948.

"According to estimates based on federal filings, the SEIU in Minnesota skimmed $4.7 million from PCAs’ Medicaid payments in 2016," the center states—an amount higher than the average dues K-12 teachers pay to the Education Minnesota union.

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"What this means is that, while the collective bargaining units remain certified for...
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