Michigan's Department of Human Services announced that it is ceasing the illegal practice of classifying privately owned, home-based day care providers as “state employees.”
You might read that sentence a time or two and think, “Huh? How can privately owned businesses be considered employees of the state?”
Good question. These folks don’t collect state paychecks, they don’t get state pensions or state health care benefits, they don’t get state holidays or educational benefits — they don’t even get memos from any supervisors. Nothing about their work life is even remotely associated with state employment.
Here’s how some greedy union executives decided otherwise: Some of the families served by roughly 40,000 of Michigan’s 70,000 privately owned and operated, home-based, child care providers receive state funds earmarked for child care because they are enrolled in public assistance or job training programs.
Seeing a clever way to help themselves to some of that public money, Michigan’s United Auto Workers (UAW) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), who had been heavy supporters of Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, hatched a scheme with the Democrat's administration in which home-based child care workers would be required to a join a fake union so that 1.15 percent of the child care benefits paid to their clients could be confiscated for “union dues.”