Katie Gage

Daycare centers have provided a way for many men and women across the country to be entrepreneurs, opening businesses in their homes and caring for the young children in their communities. Child care centers such as those that exist throughout Michigan provide quality and affordable options for parents who have to work – in some cases more than one job – to make ends meet in a difficult economic environment.

But much of this will change when these daycare centers are forcibly unionized, which is happening right now in the state. After Michigan received federal funding through the Department of Human Services for assistance in applying for daycare for qualified (means-income tested) individuals, labor bosses stepped in and decided they needed to get their piece of the pie.

According to the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, of the 40,000 daycare workers in Michigan, only 6,000 of them voted to be unionized. Yet, suddenly, owners across the state found themselves in a labor union and subject to paying dues even if they weren’t aware a vote forming a union took place, much less participated in it. As the Mackinac Center explains, these business owners were forced “into a union they had not heard of, had not voted for and that does not bargain on their behalf.”

Michelle Malkin

It’s important to understand what happened here, union bosses were able to orchestrate a vote where only the majority of those voting decided the fate of every single daycare provider in the state. This assumes that anyone not casting a ballot is, in fact, in favor of abdicating their own right to negotiate and allowing a union to represent them.

Unions aren’t worried about the costs these businesses or any others must manage, after all, millions of dollars are at play. Given the fact that DHS has begun funneling to Big Labor funds originally allocated for daycare providers, which total approximately $3.7 million per year, it appears union bosses have figured out another way to game the system. Millions of dollars that should be going to help Michigan families care for the most vulnerable and innocent among us, our children, are now going into the coffers of organized labor.

A group of these daycare owners have rightly filed a law suit against the DHS and I wholeheartedly support their effort. What we’ve seen in the last year from Big Labor is an unprecedented effort to take over industries and instead of defending citizens, our government and elected officials have enabled union bosses.


Katie Gage

Katie Gage is the executive director of the Workforce Fairness institute.