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Mar 14, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 25 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
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Last week, the Michigan Department of Human Services announced that it will stop withholding “union dues” from the public reimbursements it sends to home-based day care providers who look after eligible low-income children. By then, the practice will already have funneled millions of dollars to a shell subsidiary of the United Auto Workers and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in an arrangement worked out between the unions and the bygone administration of Democratic governor Jennifer Granholm.

Granholm’s successor is Rick Snyder, a Republican businessman who took 58 percent of the vote last November in his first run for office. His new head of Human Services, Maura D. Corrigan, sat on the state supreme court before taking over Michigan’s largest executive agency. Her work as a justice must have familiarized her with the suit brought by the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation on behalf of three home day care providers who knew they hadn’t joined any union and objected to having their pay docked.

Another suit, brought in federal court by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, is seeking to have those back “dues” refunded. Even so, Patrick J. Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, while exultant at the “fantastic news” of his clients’ vindication, warns that a law is required to prevent similar shenanigans in the future. The day the Michigan legislature acts, watch these pages for a new item: “Stealth Unionization, The End.” ♦

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 "For most conservatives, even the mere suggestion that the mind has its own agency, that it can take over and dominate the conscious decisions of the individual in which it lives, smacks of gross foolishness. When we make a bad choice, they believe, such as wasting our money on drugs or failing to search hard enough for a job, we should be punished. When we make a good one, by turning to God or starting a much-needed business, we should be rewarded. As it happens .  .  . ” (Alan Wolfe, New -Republic, March 24, 2011). ♦

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