Since the U.S. Supreme Court gave state-paid individual provider home care aides (IPs) the ability to make their own choices about union membership in its 2014 Harris v. Quinndecision, Washington state officials have repeatedly worked with SEIU 775 to keep IPs in the dark and paying dues.
One of the six ballot measures Washington voters will consider this year is Initiative 1501. The measure is being promoted as a way to protect seniors and other vulnerable individuals from identity theft and fraud. However, the substance of I-1501 involves altering the state Public Records Act (PRA) for the benefit of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
As more IPs are learning of their rights from the Freedom Foundation and growing tired of the union’s strong-arm tactics, more are choosing to leave.
While Justice Antonin Scalia’s unfortunate passing staved off a likely defeat for the unions in Friedrichs, Rolf’s union of 35,000 state-paid individual provider home care aides (IPs) was already dealing with the fallout from a similar decision issued in June 2014. In Harris v. Quinn, the Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional to force “partial public employees”—like the IPs represented by SEIU 775—to pay union dues or fees against their will.
On Sunday, the Tacoma News Tribune ran a feature story about the Freedom Foundation’s ongoing battle to bring political transparency and membership accountability to two of the state’s largest unions, SEIU Local 775 and Local 925.
Thanks to the Freedom Foundation, individual provider home care aides (IPs) around Washington are hearing about their constitutional right to resign from SEIU 775 for perhaps the first time.
Freedom Foundation Launches Educational Campaign to Counter Misinformation
For many individuals, labor unions can elicit strong emotions. For some, belief in the power and worth of labor unions is quasi-religious, perhaps due to the similarities between the “Social Gospel” of some denominations and the alleged motives of the labor movement. It is not without reason that union halls are often referred to as “labor temples.”
Many state-paid care providers, private home care agencies, consumers in need of care and other industry participants have contacted the Freedom Foundation in recent months with concerns about the stringent requirements for certification, which discourage would-be caregivers from entering the market and make it hard for those in need of care to find qualified caregivers.