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AFTER SEVEN YEARS AND MORE THAN $34 MILLION TAKEN BY THE SEIU FROM MICHIGAN HOME HELP PROGRAM PROVIDERS, THE SKIM TRACKER HAS STOPPED BECAUSE THE UNION CONTRACT HAS ENDED AND WON'T BE RENEWED

ATTORNEY GENERAL ORDERED THE STATE TO STOP TAKING MONEY ON MAY 25, 2012
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Skimmed since November 2006
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Skimmed after reaching the MI Senate in June 2011
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Skimmed after the bill was signed April 10, 2012
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Skimmed after the Attorney General
opinion May 25, 2012

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) "organized” Michigan's self-employed Home Help Program providers for the purpose of skimming dues from their ailing and disabled clients' Medicaid subsidy checks. The majority of these providers are relatives or friends taking care of loved ones. It’s been estimated that less than 25 percent of the providers are hired in an employment setting. 

The first counter tallied SEIU dues skimmed since the union and state officials first launched this scheme in late 2006. The second shows the amount skimmed since June 9, 2011, when the Michigan House passed and sent to the Senate a bill to ban this and all similar “stealth unionization” efforts. The third counter shows the dues skimmed since the governor signed the bill into law on April 10, 2012. The fourth counter shows the amount skimmed since May 25, 2012, when the Attorney General opinion was announced.
 
The contract between the SEIU and the dummy employer used to facilitate the scheme ended Feb. 28. 

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