A conservative columnist and political commentator is hoping
that labor bosses will learn their lesson following a resounding
defeat this month in Michigan.
Proposal 4, an effort to classify home healthcare workers as
public employees, was defeated 57% to 43% by voters in the Great
Fred Wszolek of the Workforce Fairness Institute says fortunately
the initiative failed, even though the language for the amendment
"It was very deceptive. It said the
purpose was to create a registry of home healthcare workers,
guarantee good training and guarantee criminal background checks,"
"That sounds like, Well, who could be against that? The
proposal was sponsored by the Service Employees International Union
and would force these 40,000 home healthcare workers into the union
and force them to pay dues, even though they are all private
The Service Employees International Union spent at least $5.5
million on the campaign. While the home healthcare workers would
have been considered state employees, it would have only been for
the purpose of collective bargaining. They would not have been
eligible for a state pension or other benefits. Meanwhile, the
workers would have seen 2.5-2.7% of their payment deducted by the
state and sent to the union as dues.
"We think it's such a black eye for labor bosses that maybe they
will learn their lesson," he remarks.
Other groups that were opposed to Prop. 4 include Citizens
Protecting Michigan's Constitution.
Another ballot initiative known as Proposition 2 also failed in this election.
According to the language presented on the ballot, Prop. 2 would
have granted public and private employees the constitutional right
in Michigan to organize and bargain collectively through labor
unions, invalidating existing or future state or local laws that
limit the ability to join unions and bargain collectively.
In addition, Prop. 2 would have opened the way for the ability
to negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements,
including employees' financial support of their labor unions. Prop.
2 would have also overridden state laws that regulate hours and
conditions of employment to the extent that those laws conflict
with collective bargaining agreements.