Mich. Child Care Workers Sue To Break From Union

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The union collects a share of their state subsidies

Photo by Johnny Jackson Ennette Cahill, director of Childcare Network Center #184 in McDonough, tidies up one of the center’s infant-care classrooms.

DETROIT (AP) -- A small group of child-care providers in Michigan is in federal court suing to get out of a union that collects a share of their state subsidies.

Peggy Mashke is one of them. The 50-year-old takes care of 12 children at her home in northern Michigan's Ogemaw County. She says she thought it was "a joke" when she got a letter welcoming her to the United Auto Workers union.

The UAW and another union, AFSCME, formed a partnership called Child Care Providers Together Michigan, and it represents 40,000 at-home providers. Only 15 percent of providers cast ballots in 2006 but the new union was overwhelmingly approved.

The UAW says it cuts red tape and helps providers get state payments for watching low-income kids. The lawsuit is pending in federal court in Grand Rapids, Mich.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 13, 2010 at 06:13 AM
    A few pennies from each person does not sound like a lot, but these unions collection billions of dollars every year in dues. Most of the dues are from people who are told they have to join a union and/or pay the dues in order to work for a company. Krogers has the United food worker union but only full time employees are eligible to join but everyone is required to pay.
  • by Deb Location: Zapa on Sep 12, 2010 at 08:42 PM
    ""The UAW says it cuts red tape and helps providers get state payments for watching low-income kids. The lawsuit is pending in federal court in Grand Rapids, Mich."" See this statement right here is bogus...I was already getting paid to care for infants....oooo big deal they got us a few pennies, yes pennies, more...but it is all taken back then some via the dues...hypocrits!!!and Liars!!!
  • by Deb Location: Zapa on Sep 12, 2010 at 08:39 PM
    the union has done nothing for me that wasn't already taking place..other than making me pay for something I was already recv'ing b/4 they came along...UNIONS ARE NO LONGER NECESSARY!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 12, 2010 at 06:01 PM
    The only red tape that the UAW cuts is collecting fees and accepting members.
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