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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Forced unionism: The SEIU and Illinois home health-care workers -- Illinois politicians forced home care workers into union that donates heavily to them -- By Sean Higgins, The Washington Examiner

Susie Watts spends most of her time taking care of her daughter, Libby, who has severe cerebral palsy.

To lessen the financial burden, she accepts funding under the Illinois Home Services Program.

It’s a good deal all around. The program is much cheaper for the state than institutionalizing people. Watts’ daughter gets much better care without bankrupting her mother.

But there's a catch. By signing up, Watts automatically agreed to be represented by the Service Employees International Union, which takes fees out of every check she gets -- $750 a year.

“The state never told me about this. I was stunned when I got the paycheck and saw that money was being taken out,” Watts said.

Watts works in her own home and is not supervised by a state official. But since 2003, participants in the program have been considered state employees for the purpose of collective bargaining.

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