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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Justice at last.

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 01:59:23 PM EST
    Tags: Mackinac center, Michigan, Unionization, Day care, Sherry Loar, Justice (all tags)

    Many home based day care providers have been waiting for this day.

    The state of Michigan will stop the illegal `Union Dues' withdrawals from checks to home-based day care providers

    `Fantastic news' needs to be coupled with legislative action to prevent similar schemes in the future, says Mackinac Center attorney

    A spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Human Services today told the Mackinac Center for Public Policy that on March 18 the department will stop withdrawing so-called "union dues" from subsidy checks to home-based day care providers who supply child care services to low-income families. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed suit against the DHS in 2009 to stop the illegal withdrawals.

    The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation assisted provider Sherry Loar in her fight against forced unionization.  The new DHS director (and former Michigan Supreme Court Justice)Maura Corrigan  has said [paraphrased] "those providers are NOT Employees of the state"


    More below...

     "This is fantastic news," said MCLF Director Patrick J. Wright, who sued the DHS on behalf of Sherry Loar of Petoskey, Michelle Berry of Flint and Paulette Silverson of Brighton. "Our clients took a courageous stand against powerful interests and overwhelming odds. The idea that millions of dollars could be diverted annually from the subsidy checks of low-income families to fatten union coffers was bad enough. The fact that the government was a party to this scheme and was willing to call private employers `public employees' made it all the more egregious. It is commendable that new DHS Director Maura D. Corrigan has just publicly affirmed in a news release, `[T]hese providers are not state employees.'"

    Loar, who first brought the dubious "public employee union" scheme to the attention of the Center, stated: "I'm thrilled. But this lawsuit should not have been necessary in the first place. My government attacked the sanctity of my home just to benefit its political allies. I'm so happy to know that I'm no longer responsible to a union inside the walls of my own house."

    The lawsuit was filed in September 2009 after the discovery that the DHS and Mott Community College had entered into a so-called "interlocal agreement" to create a shell employer, the Michigan Home Based Child Care Council, solely to shanghai private business owners into a public employee union. The union, Child Care Providers Together Michigan, is a subsidiary of the United Auto Workers and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. E-mails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show that the unions brought this idea to the Granholm administration, which helped them implement it.

    A spokesman for Mott Community College today told Mackinac Center Communications Specialist Kathy Hoekstra that the college's Board of Trustees had voted unanimously Monday night to dissolve the so-called "interlocal agreement" that had created the MHBCCC. The DHS spokesperson likewise confirmed that the agreement was terminated, saying the termination would take effect on March 7.

    "Tens of thousands of Michiganders were targeted and millions of dollars were misappropriated in order to help political allies of former Gov. Granholm," said Wright. "This was shameful, and we are glad to see it end."

    But more needs to be done to prevent home-based day care providers and those in comparable situations from similar partisan efforts, Wright added. "The Legislature needs to make certain that this cannot happen to anyone else. Will doctors, landlords and grocers be the next victims of opportunistic public employee unions?"

    Wright also indicated that his clients' legal options are now being reviewed. In addition to the lawsuit filed by Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, the illegal arrangement also prompted an ongoing federal lawsuit by the National Right-to-Work Legal Defense Foundation on behalf of several Michigan clients.

    The push back is starting.

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    Great News (none / 0) (#1)
    by grannynanny on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 02:10:03 PM EST
    But...... I want to know why - just on legal grounds alone - the Michigan courts allowed this crap in the first place?  It was bogus from the get go and I wish there was a way for pay back against those responsible. Namely that two bit mole that screwed this state right into oblivion.  

    I want them to pay. (none / 0) (#2)
    by JGillman on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 03:09:44 PM EST
    and dearly.

    Every last vested participant of this union scam needs to pay back with interest and punitive measure.

    If it breaks their bank, so be it.  

    I'll second that. (none / 0) (#3)
    by KG One on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 03:23:48 PM EST
    But is Gov. Snyder up to the task of taking on AFSCME & the UAW?

    They're not very happy all that free money went bye-bye.

    But, to have to pay it all back...

    Only two to go after legally (none / 0) (#4)
    by Corinthian Scales on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 07:44:18 PM EST
    The MoleRattler and Cherry.

    The Granholm-AFSCME Partnership from Mackinac Center on Vimeo.


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