Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn, which found that it was unconstitutional for home health care providers to be forced to union dues or fees against their will, SEIU 775 in Washington quietly began ceasing the dues deductions for providers who asked them to do so.
In July, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Illinois “scheme” by which individual home health care providers had union dues automatically deducted from their state Medicaid reimbursement payments.
Today, Freedom Foundation supporters and staff protested the closed-door collective bargaining sessions underway between Gov. Inslee’s negotiators and state employees’ unions at the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) headquarters in Olympia.
The union contract suggests the change is intended to make the schedule “more competitive in attracting and retaining certificated staff.” But on closer examination, the salary schedule they’ve devised is, at best, a “reverse Robin Hood” schedule that reduces the wages of lower-paid teachers to enhance the wages of the higher-paid teachers. It formalizes a regressive policy of paying some teachers more than the state allocation and many others less.
The following is an article from our Living Liberty Newsletter by guest writer Representative Chad Magendanz.
Still no Ruling from AG’s Office on Whether Harris v. Quinn Applies in Washington State, but the Handwriting is Clearly on the Wall