It's official: Michigan's home health care "dues skim" has ended.(full story "Confirmed: The SEIU 'Dues Skim' Finally Ends" at michigancapitolconfidential.com)
For the first time since 2006, the Service Employees International Union is not deducting money from the Medicaid checks of the state's 59,000 home-based caregivers.
James Haveman, director of the Michigan Department of Community Health, confirmed that the money no longer is being taken from the checks.
"The Department of Community Health successfully ended the contract with the SEIU and, in turn, stopped the dues from being taken out of Michigan home health care worker paychecks," Haveman said. "Making this happen was a priority for me and our administration and I’m glad to see that with this next round of paychecks this has become a reality."
The SEIU, however, took $34,416,335.21 from the elderly and disabled in Michigan, according to the Michigan Capitol Confidential skim tracker, an online scrolling ticker that was tracking the money the SEIU took.