Dann757 wrote:What an outrage.
Yes there should be outrage, the union has found a loophole to reach into the pockets of some small private business's to the tune of 3.7 million a year. They claim to have increased subsidies but that comes out of taxpayers pockets and who the hell are they representing anyway? It's more like they are representing the clients. You could suggest they simply drop subsidized clients but if they have a large business built around those clients that will have severe impacts on their bottom line and they shouldn't be left out of the subsidies to begin with because they refuse to be union. This whole deal just stinks.
The union had won a certification election conducted by mail under the auspices of the Michigan Employment Relations Commission. In that election only 6,000 day-care providers voted. The pro-labor vote turned out.
They probably sent these out and many people never realized they would be forced into this. I used to deal with LIHEAP customers and it would never even cross my mind that I could end up paying union dues because I didn't vote. I am after all a private business right?
The premise is that they are employees of the state because they accept subsidies for some clients but that's not the way I look at it. It's not the day cares receiving the subsidies but the clients. That also brings up some other interesting questions such as are grocers, doctors, fuel vendors or anyone else that accepts subsidized customers susceptible to this?
I know how I would have handled this depending on how they were taking the funds. If the dues came out out of the clients pocket before I saw the check they would simply be paying more out of pocket for the service. If the dues came out of my pocket where I would have to credit the client I'd drop them all like a rock but I would have that choice because very few of my customers were on LIHEAP.