Mackinac Center senior investigative analyst Anne Schieber has a frightening new video about the continued fleecing of home health care workers ensnared in an ongoing forced unionization scheme.

At its best, government exists to protect the rights of its citizens: To establish a rule of law that applies equally to everyone and have clear rules that are easily known and followed. This scheme adheres to none of those principles.

In documenting the complex twists-and-turns of the “dues skim,” Schieber’s video truly captures government breech of trust at its worst.

The backers of the forced unionization claim they sent voting ballots to 56,000 “employees,” but more than 80 percent did not vote. Sixty-seven percent of those who were unionized through the scheme are actually caring for disabled relatives, indirectly compensated by Medicaid, according to the Michigan Quality Community Care Council. Yet the ballot that was sent applies to "employees," with no mention of family members.

“Why are they taking money from us for taking care of our kids in the form of union dues?” Robert Haynes, a retired Detroit police officer who looks after his two adult children with cerebral palsy asked in the video.

The scheme goes on despite the fact that the so-called employer created to enable the stealth unionization, the Michigan Quality Community Care Council, has been defunded by the legislature. Its current address is the same Detroit building that houses the SEIU — the same union collecting the skimmed dues. No one from the group returns phone calls.

Last June the Michigan House passed House Bill 4003 to end the forced unionization. But the Michigan Senate, with a historic 26-12 Republican majority, continues to sit on its hands, failing to pass the bill while the SEIU takes money from special needs children and adults.

Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw, received $5,000 from the SEIU on the day the bill to end the “forced unionization” arrived in the Senate.

Meanwhile, the origins of the scheme have been connected to a former ACORN organizer. And the dues keep flowing: More than $29 million has been taken from the pockets of hardworking parents and put in to the coffers of the SEIU to be used as they wish.

“They’re charging us dues and we’re getting no benefits,” said Patricia Haynes, Robert’s wife.

It is impossible to conclude this scheme benefits the people Michigan in any way. It is simply indefensible.

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See also:

Further Down the Rabbit Hole: Forced Unionization 'Dues Skim' Linked To West Coast Scandal

Roots of SEIU Forced Unionization 'Money Skim' Lead to Former ACORN Organizer

'Forced Unionization' Employer Out of the Picture, But Dues Keep Flowing To SEIU

SEIU Sent Key GOP Senator $5K on Day Bill to End 'Forced Unionization' Arrived in Senate

Home Health Care 'Dues Skim' Worse Than Previously Thought

How the Forced Unionization of Day Care and Home Health Care Providers Took Place - Anatomy of a scam

Video: The Granholm-AFSCME Partnership

Video: The SEIU in Michigan - Home Health Aides

Video: Are You My Employer?

Video: Day Care in Wonderland

Video: Is the MHBCCC Defunded?

Video: Sherry and Dawn's Story

The Saga of Forced Unionization

10 Stories Showing Why Mandatory Government Collective Bargaining Is Counterproductive

'Forced Unionization' Brings In $28 Million For SEIU ... And Climbing  

Parents Forced to Pay Union Dues, Lawmaker Rakes In Healthcare Money

Forced Unionization Scheme Still Collecting Cash – Lawmakers Mystified

GOP Senator Tries to Save SEIU Healthcare ‘Employer’

SEIU Healthcare Michigan Lives on Without 'Employer'

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