Just over a month after a landmark Supreme Court ruling, the Service Employees International Union is starting to drop its efforts to force home healthcare workers to pay dues.
SEIU local officials in Illinois, Minnesota, and Massachusetts notified home-based childcare and healthcare providers that they will not collect union fees. The news follows the June 30 ruling against forcing their collection by the Supreme Court in Harris v. Quinn, a class action lawsuit filed by staff attorneys for the National Right to Work Foundation representing eight health workers in the Prairie State.
“We’re just starting to see the full implication of the Foundation’s win in the Harris case,” Patrick Semmens, vice president of the National Right to Work Foundation, told FoxNews.com. “In recent years, Big Labor has increasingly turned to friendly governors whose campaigns they funded to unionize people who aren’t truly government employees so they can skim forced dues from government subsidies. Enforcement of the Harris precedent nationwide will end that.”
The high court held in its June 30 ruling that the Service Employees International Union cannot force people who care for loved ones to be union members and deduct dues from the government checks of those they care for. The practice has gone on for several years in a handful of states, creating a lucrative stream of cash for the powerful labor organization, which represents more than two million workers and takes in about $300 million per year.
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