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Rep. Michael Nelson, DFL-Brooklyn Park, and Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, will carry legislation that would allow thousands of home-care workers to seek union representation.

Nelson, Eaton will carry personal care assistant unionization bill

Sen. Chris Eaton

Rep. Michael Nelson, DFL-Brooklyn Park, and Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, will carry legislation that would allow thousands of home-care workers to seek union representation.

The proposal would apply to personal care assistants who are hired directly by the individuals for whom they provide care. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which wants to organize the workers, estimates that 15,000 to 20,000 individuals could potentially be affected by the change in law. The workers are paid entirely with state funds.

SEIU held a rally in the Capitol rotunda on Wednesday to kick off the legislative push. Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Paul Thissen both addressed the crowd and voiced support for the union-backed legislation.

“The fact is home care workers in this state aren’t paid a competitive wage,” Thissen said.

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2 comments

  1. If home care workers in the state of MN are not being paid a competitive wage – then pay them a competitive wage.

    Do not try to pretend that the campaign funds that will flow from SEIU into your coffers is the primary reason you are in favor of this legislation.

    Should you be successful, money will go into the pockets of the SEIU leadership and then into your coffers. When instead, it should be going to support the MN citizen with disabilities.

    Spin this anyway you wish, the bottom line is you approve taking much needed funds from citizens with significant disabilities who are barely getting the supports they need to stay out of institutions and giving it to the SEIU who will then in turn support your campaign.

    I live in IL. I am a personal care assistant. Our Governor signed an Executive Order to do this same thing.

    If there is justice, the SCOTUS will rule in favor of our case. http://www.supremecourt.gov/Search.aspx?FileName=/docketfiles/11-681.htm

  2. Don’t put a union between the caregiver and disabled relationship. It is wrong for union leaders to try and grab more members and more money.

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