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everett heraldDespite a Supreme Court ruling, a politically-connected SEIU local is continuing to collect dues from people who never agreed to join the union. And, while the union collects tens of millions of dollars in dues, it does comparatively little for its members. Instead, the union spends a fortune advancing a left-wing political agenda that is contrary to the views of some members.

There are currently about 35,000 state-paid individual provider home-care aides (IPs) … across Washington state, many caring for family members. Unfortunately, thousands of these caregivers are being exploited by an aggressive labor union they want nothing to do with. A recently filed Freedom Foundation lawsuit seeks to end this mistreatment…

Even though IPs are essentially independent contractors for the state, they were put under Washington’s labor laws so the state can deduct union dues from their monthly reimbursements on SEIU’s behalf. Legally, IPs are employed by the persons receiving care, meaning there are no grievances or other traditional workplace issues for the union to deal with.

For its part, the union negotiates a new contract with the state every two years setting the Medicaid reimbursement rates for IPs, subject to legislative approval. For this limited service, SEIU 775 collects upwards of $20 million in dues each year and employs a staff of around 100…

Flush with cash and with few obligations to its members, SEIU 775 bosses spend lavishly on advancing their far-left political agenda. By its own calculations, the union spends a whopping 40 percent of its budget on political activity.

Just this year, SEIU 775 contributed $10,000 to Jesús “Chuy” García’s unsuccessful campaign to unseat Chicago “Mayor 1 Percent” Rahm Emmanuel, even though the result of a municipal election in Illinois has zero impact on caregivers in Washington…

The U.S. Supreme Court helped correct this violation of basic free speech rights last year in Harris v. Quinn by striking down SEIU’s money-making “scheme” as unconstitutional and allowing “partial public employees” around the country to cease paying dues to unions they don’t support…

Fortunately, the practice is not only outrageous but illegal. State law clearly provides that, in the absence of a “union security” provision establishing mandatory dues payment (recognized as unconstitutional by Harris), the state can only collect union fees from IPs who have provided written authorization.

 

 

 

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