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Wed June 20, 2012
Judge Blocks Law to Stop Health Care Union Dues
A judge has blocked a new Michigan law that was intended to cut off union dues paid by home health care workers.
Detroit federal Judge Nancy Edmunds said Wednesday an injunction is needed because the law illegally impairs an existing contract. SEIU Healthcare Michigan represents 42,000 home health care aides, although they are self-employed and not government workers. Some are family members of the sick.
Union dues are deducted from taxpayer subsidies that go to home workers. Union lawyer John Canzano says it adds up to $400,000 to $500,000 a month.
The arrangement began under then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat. The law attacking it was passed by Republican lawmakers and signed by GOP Gov. Rick Snyder.