Michigan Supreme Court Revives Challenge to Child Care Union

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Michigan Supreme Court wants a lower court to explain why it dismissed a lawsuit challenging the unionization of 40,000 at-home child-care workers.

It sent the case back on Thursday to the state appeals court, which had ruled against three women with a six-word sentence in December.

The women are suing the state Department of Human Services, saying the union is illegal because child-care providers are not public employees.

The union is a partnership between the United Auto Workers and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. It gets a slice of the millions in state subsidies paid to providers who watch children from low-income families.

A separate lawsuit in federal court names the UAW and AFSCME as defendants.

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 19, 2010 at 04:30 AM
    It will only get worse with unions popping up. Obama just passed a law that allow this to happen with minimum votes required. The land of the free and home of the brave is becoming the land of the legally obligated and the home of the cowards who hide behind the law and judges.
  • by Gina Location: Michigan on Sep 18, 2010 at 05:21 AM
    I totally agree Tama, Anonymous and Kelly, we pay without any of the benefits or without even signing a contract...it is unfair to the families receiving the subsidy and to the caregivers and it is sneaking in the backdoor for the unionization of a service too
  • by Tama Location: St. Louis on Sep 17, 2010 at 02:03 PM
    I am supposed to be self-employed but if I am required to be part of a union for State, County and Municipal Employees, then I want the benefits they receive as well. We NEVER signed a contract and this was done without our approval, regardless of what they say!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2010 at 05:56 PM
    We need to have the right to work law passed. I would not want to work for a copmany if I had to pay union dues just to work there.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Sep 16, 2010 at 11:08 AM
    Wow, how many other people have the unions 'added' to their roles without their knowledge/consent? I certainly would not appreciate being absorbed into some union without my consent. Seems like a sneaky way for the unions to grow their ranks.
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