Court Keeps Daycare Union Alive

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Michigan Court of Appeals again has rejected a lawsuit seeking to stop the unionization of 40,000 at-home child-care providers.

The appeals court says the Department of Human Services can't ignore the results of a certified union election. But the court also said Thursday there are other options, including a new lawsuit with different defendants.

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy sued on behalf of three women who say the union is illegal because child-care providers are independent business owners, not public employees.

The United Auto Workers and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees get slightly more than 1 percent of the millions in state subsidies paid to providers.

A separate lawsuit is pending in federal court.

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  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Sep 25, 2010 at 09:11 AM
    Isn't this interesting? People that didn't ask for union representation have it forced down their throat by a court. Looks like a PAC payback to me. Pretty scary when the courts are in the union's back pocket, instead of checking out what the involved people want! Thank you Ricardo
  • by Anonymous on Sep 25, 2010 at 07:54 AM
    What! Why make home day care a union? I think it will rise the cost of day care for people who can't affort now. I'm not against unions but not everything has to be a union.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 25, 2010 at 06:08 AM
    But the courts in CA , can overturn what VOTERS voted one, totally disregarding the will of the people. Hmmm> Wonder how much the union paid this JUDGE?
  • by Anonymous on Sep 24, 2010 at 02:23 PM
    those daycares can create a second union with more members to counter act what was forced upon them.
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