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.
It is disappointing, though not surprising, to see Gov. Inslee prioritize his special interest campaign donors above the caregivers and taxpayers of Washington. By the time he signed SB 6199, more than 1,000 individual providers had contacted the governor’s office asking him to veto the bill.
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.
For more than a decade, home caregivers serving Medicaid recipients in Washington had no choice but to allow the state to withhold a portion of their paycheck for union dues until they were freed of this burden in 2014. Now that freedom is under attack.
Documents obtained by the Freedom Foundation from the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) indicate that SEIU 775 organizers continue to employ coercive and deceptive tactics to get state-paid home care aides serving Medicaid clients to sign up for union membership.
CORRECTION On November 20, 2017 at 10:25 AM, the Foundation published a blog entitled “Inside SEIU 775’s ‘Toxic’ Workplace Culture.” …
At a recent hearing before the Washington State Senate’s Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee, the Freedom Foundation documented how Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration has allowed SEIU 775 to violate the terms of its collective bargaining agreement with the state, to the detriment of state operations, without facing any consequences.