HOW FAR DOES SEIU‘S ’FORCED UNIONIZATION’ GO? WAIT UNTIL YOU HEAR THESE STORIES INVOLVING SKIMMING MONEY FROM MEDICAID CHECKS
by Becket Adams
September 28, 2012
Last November, TheBlaze’s Madeleine Morgenstern reported on “forced unionization” involving SEIU and the parents of two disabled children. Many of you were outraged. Now it seems those parents weren’t alone. And the overall practice is getting more attention as lawyers are getting involved.
Four years ago, Steven Glossop moved in with his mother Linda to care for her after she suffered a stroke while recovering from heart surgery. Her condition requires constant attention and her son, whether at work or elsewhere, makes sure someone (usually his wife) is there to help.
But the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is making life difficult for the Glossops.
“The Glossops, by virtue of getting Medicaid money from the state, are members of the SEIU thanks to a unionization scheme orchestrated in 2005 when Jennifer Granholm was governor,” writes Jack Spencer for Michigan Capitol Confidential.
Yes, that Jennifer Granholm (AP)
“This whole thing just gets me,” said Steven Glossop. “It’s hard to believe the union could get away with something like this. They (the union) can’t do anything about things like working conditions. They have no idea what goes on inside our house each day.”
“I’d say the biggest effect that being in this union has had on me is them taking money from our checks. To me, it’s just thievery,” he added.
And the Glossop family is not alone. They are actually one of two families being represented by the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation in a fight over what they say are unfair labor practices.
The legal action asks the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) to reverse the decision that recognized the forced unionization of those workers nearly seven years ago,” Spencer notes.
“It also asks that the money being taken from the Medicaid checks of disabled and elderly people in Michigan be immediately ended and for the return of about six months’ worth of dues, or about $3 million,” he adds.
The SEIU, according to the MCC report, enacted a “forced unionization” of Michigan’s home-based caregivers (i.e. people like Steven Glossop) back in 2005, meaning they get a cut of the Medicaid checks caregivers are given to provide home care.
Want to guess how much the SEIU has taken in as a direct result of this “forced unionization” scheme? Try $32 million.
But wait! There’s more.
Much of that $32 million has been put towards Proposal 4: a proposal that will make the “forced unionization” scheme an official part of the state constitution.
Pretty nifty, right?
“The union is trying to get this in the state constitution because earlier this year Gov, Rick Snyder signed legislation into law that ended the forced unionization. The SEIU later took the issue to federal court and was allowed to continue taking the money,” Spencer notes.
And you better believe the SEIU has pushed back against complaints from people like Glossop, arguing that unionization will ensure the elderly and the disabled can stay in their homes and that background checks will make things safer.
Funny thing though, there are already fed programs in place that ensure both of these things.
“Who would I want to have a background check done on?” Steven Glossop said. “I have no need for background checks.”
Indeed, according to MCC, an estimated 75 percent of the people enrolled in the Home Help Program are friends or family of the person being taken care of.
Glossop said the union sent him an informational packet detailing how it spends its money. Among the things included in the breakdown of expenses were union cards.
“I finally decided I wanted to get out of the union,” he said. “I called the union up and told them. They sent me a packet. It was full of information about why I should stay in the union.”
“It felt like they were bullying me. Then I found out that, even if I left the union, I’d still have to keep paying what they call a fair share. This would be 66 percent of what the dues had been,” he added.
From March 2010
Michael Geer at American Thinker writes this piece.
March 16, 2010
ObamaCare’s New Public Health Workforce Corps
Lurking within the recently-released Reconciliation bill is a brand new corps of government workers.
Page 911 of the 2010 Reconciliation PDF. Section 2231.
‘‘Subpart XII-Public Health Workforce
2 ‘‘SEC. 340L. PUBLIC HEALTH WORKFORCE CORPS.
3 ‘‘(a) ESTABLISHMENT.-There is established, within
4 the Service, the Public Health Workforce Corps (in this
5 subpart referred to as the ‘Corps’), for the purpose of en-
6 suring an adequate supply of public health professionals
7 throughout the Nation. The Corps shall consist of-
8 ‘‘(1) such officers of the Regular and Reserve
9 Corps of the Service as the Secretary may designate; ….”
It’s not Nationalized Health Care. It’s a Health Corps!
“Them what comes in with me now, get a big piece of pie.Them what come in with me later, get pie.Them what don’t come in with me, will get good government.”
A trusted blogger emailed me the PDF of the reconciliation bill above, which we now know is but a placeholder. The Universe turns out to have a wicked sense of humor; the Corps begins on page 911 of the Bill.
It speaks of regular and reserve Officers, scholarships, loans, obligated service, individual contracts, training centers, the traditional income redistribution scheme of grants and grant proposals, etc. The debt repayment provisions are especially attractive to certain sectors of our population. It appears to be an indentured servitude gig. You sign up, do your part for nationalizing health care and the Corps will get the American taxpayer to foot the bill for your training and educational costs and retire your debts. Of course, if pinned down, I’m sure this will be characterized as a draft, a proposal, need to modify, hasn’t been reconciled yet or any of a number of ways to weasel the simple truth that until Nancy Pelosi votes on it she won’t have any idea what’s in this ‘Bill’.
In the Reconciliation bill are “Scholarships” for those attending Government approved healthcare courses. However, the caveat is:
National Health ServiceCorps Scholarship Program established under section 338A.
‘‘SEC. 340N. PUBLIC HEALTH WORKFORCE LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM.
Pages 917 and 918
ONTRACT.—The written contract between the Secretary and an individual under subsection (b)(4) shall contain—
‘‘(1) an agreement by the Secretary to repay on behalf of the individual loans incurred by the individual in the pursuit of the relevant public health workforce educational degree in accordance with the terms of the contract;
‘‘(2) an agreement by the individual to serve full-time as a public health professional for a period of time equal to 2 years or such longer period as the individual may agree to;
In Reference to Andy Stern:
1. He visited the White House 22 times between January - June 2009. WHAT did Stern do there?
2. The SEIU has threatened any Democrats NOT voting for Healthcare will NOT have his union support for their election. WHY? Is it because the “health corps” mentioned above is really the SEIU union personnel?
3. The SEIU has put a stranglehold on most healthcare unions across America.
ACORN tied to SEIU tied to …….Obama.
Will the NEW “Health Corps” wear PURPLE?
This video references the HR 3200 original bill: WATCH this video and compare to the HR 3200 bill.
A Hattip to Trevor Loudon:
Original Bill (Video) :This is a point by point description of the Government Healthcare plan taken from the ACTUAL proposed bill H.R.3200
Though not opposed to healthcare reform most Americans do not want this KIND of reform which is a dangerous UN-AMERICAN UNCONSTITUTIONAL We want reform that makes sense and that is helpful for all not a destructive death warrant for the unborn and the elderly. We want government to stay out of our personal life decisions period. This is America !!
A MUST WATCH VIDEO!
**Listen carefully fro 06:55min to 09:44min** (Elderly and Medicare receipients)
AARP and AMA According to Obama are Non-Partisan; Promote Obamacare. AARP and AMA tied to SEIU; yet Non-Partisan?
Will There be “Kick Back” for Andy Stern (SEIU)? Did Stern Help Write Obamacare bill? Andy Stern is SEIU is Obama.
By Michelle Malkin • November 20, 2009 11:17 AM
Within her article you find THIS:
Via Houston Chronicle, Goodies for labor tucked away in health bill:
While higher-profile aspects of health care reform drew attention, pro-union legislators slipped a variety of big benefits for labor into the proposed legislation. Quietly tucked among the proposals’ thousands of pages, these provisions have avoided much scrutiny.
One provision epitomizes the nature of this ploy. According to research firms, unions are woefully short of funds to pay their retirees’ anticipated insurance claims. Thus, under the House resolution, union leaders who have mismanaged these plans for their members could receive up to $10 billion in taxpayer-funded bailout money, innocuously referred to as a “reinsurance program.”
Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
Under the proposed public option, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius would wield tremendous discretionary authority to regulate participating health care workers. She and various federal panels, where the unions would have guaranteed seats, would take the lead in recommending health care policy. Thus, labor would have considerable influence over decisions affecting most doctors, nurses and patients.
The House resolution establishes a scenario that would effectively exclude non-union employers from eligibility to work on program-funded contracts. It also requires participating health care providers to pay wages and benefits that have been collectively bargained or that union-friendly appointees determine are competitive. This is plainly a move toward coerced unionization. With guaranteed seats at the table, unions are poised to control many newly formed oversight posts and/or committees, formed in connection with new employer mandates and cooperative health care associations.
Yet another provision would establish lucrative state training partnerships that contain little or no opportunities for non-union employee organizations. Provisions in Senate proposalswould exempt union-negotiated health care plans from taxes on “Cadillac” health plans.
These features all encourage more unionization. The unions know that under Canada’s nationalized system, union membership among all health care workers is 61 percent, compared to just 11 percent in the U.S.
Increasing membership similarly in this country would swell labor’s coffers with as much as another $2 billion in dues.
In fact, Senate proposals include language that could force home health workers into unions. Disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and former California Gov. Gray Davis used this approach to repay political debts to the SEIU in their states. They reclassified state-reimbursed home health contractors as state employees, thus forcing them to pay union dues. Again and again, it is apparent thatthese union-friendly proposals have nothing do with improving our health care system.
From Mark Mix:
In the heated debates on health-care reform, not enough attention is being paid to the huge financial windfalls ObamaCare will dole out to unions—or to the provisions in the various bills in Congress that will help bring about the forced unionization of the health-care industry.
Tucked away in thousands of pages of complex new rules, regulations and mandates are special privileges and giveaways that could have devastating consequences for the health-care sector and the American economy at large.
The Senate version opens the door to implement forced unionization schemes pursued by former Govs. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois in 2005 and Gray Davis of California in 1999. Both men repaid tremendous political debts to Andy Stern and his Service Employees International Union (SEIU) by reclassifying state-reimbursed in-home health-care (and child-care) contractors as state employees—and forcing them to pay union dues.
Following this playbook, the Senate bill creates a “personal care attendants workforce advisory panel” that will likely impose union affiliation to qualify for a newly created “community living assistance services and support (class)” reimbursement plan.
The current House version of ObamaCare (H.R. 3200) goes much further. Section 225(A) grants Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius tremendous discretionary authority to regulate health-care workers “under the public health insurance option.” Monopoly bargaining and compulsory union dues may quickly become a required standard resulting in potentially hundreds of thousands of doctors and nurses across the country being forced into unions.
Ms. Sebelius will be taking her marching orders from the numerous union officials who are guaranteed seats on the various federal panels (such as the personal care panel mentioned above) charged with recommending health-care policies. Big Labor will play a central role in directing federal health-care policy affecting hundreds of thousands of doctors, surgeons and nurses.
Obama Administration Spends $20 Million Dollars to Hire PR Firm Porter Novelli to “Sugar Coat” Obamacare. Who is Bill Novelli?
AARP and SEIU are connected to United We Fail; an advertising push to advocate Obamacare
Novelli is a recognized leader in social marketing and social change and has managed programs in cancer control, diet and nutrition, cardiovascular health, reproductive health, infant survival, pay increases for educators, charitable giving, and other programs in the United States and the developing world.
William D. Novelli is CEO of AARP.
William Novelli is co-founder and president of Porter Novelli.
Bill Novelli is tied to Andy Stern of SEIU as co-producers of “United We Fail” Campaign
From the Divided We Fail website:
Andy Stern, president of SEIU, Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP, and John Castellani, president of Business Roundtable, joined Mike Cuthbert, host of Prime Time Radio (all pictured here) for a discussion of these issues.
“AARP, Business Roundtable and Service Employees Union (SEIU) launched Divided We Fail to engage the American people, businesses, non-profit organizations, and elected officials in finding bi-partisan solutions to ensure affordable, quality health care and long-term financial security – for all of us.
The need for health and financial security is something we all share, not just for ourselves, but for future generations. It is the promise of America.”
To Seniors Worried About Healthcare: Wonder WHY AARP Supports The Obama Healthcare Bill? It’s Connections HERE
AARP gets 18 MILLION dollars in Stimulus money.
AARP is connected to SEIU. (DividedWeFail.org)
Is it about Power and Money,
Is the AARP deceptive to Senior Americans?