The Freedom Foundation has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against SEIU 775 on behalf of a home caregiver who received a deceptive email from the union trying to trick her into signing a nearly irrevocable union membership agreement online.
This week, SEIU 775 agreed to pay $3.25 million to settle a class-action lawsuit in federal court brought by individual provider home care aides who had union dues deducted from their wages without their consent.
The Freedom Foundation has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against SEIU 775 with the Public Employment Relations Commission on behalf a home caregiver who was illegally signed up for union membership over the phone.
State payroll data indicate only three-quarters of individual provider home care aides had union dues withheld from their wages in October 2018, the lowest percentage since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Harris v. Quinn made dues payment optional.
SEIU 775 president David Rolf stepping down amid questions about his leadership and increasing challenges to his union’s ability to continue coercively collecting dues. Rolf’s tenure was defined by his authoritarian style and his union’s exploitation of tens of thousands of Washington home caregivers.
After the Freedom Foundation filed a federal class-action lawsuit to end the abusive practice, SEIU 775 will cease deducting union dues without permission from the wages of thousands of home caregivers serving Medicaid-eligible clients. The unauthorized seizures totaled an estimated $14 million since 2014.
State records obtained by the Freedom Foundation document how SEIU 775 organizers harass new home caregivers for Medicaid recipients into signing up for union membership at caregivers’ mandatory contracting appointments.
Gov. Jay Inslee signed SB 6199, which sets the stage for the union representing the state’s 36,000 individual provider home care aides (IPs), SEIU 775, to force all caregivers to again pay union dues as a condition of serving Medicaid recipients.
With the passage of SB 6199 by the Washington State House of Representatives in a contentious vote last week, final adoption of the bill depends on Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature.
As the debate over SB 6199 continues to rage in Olympia, evidence continues to mount that the measure is nothing more than an attempt to boost SEIU 775’s membership. Several incidents and data points have emerged in recent days conforming to two major themes: Deception and hypocrisy.