Michigan child care providers will no longer pay union dues

Child care providers in Michigan will have more money in their pocket, thanks to a new measure that will eliminate union deductions from providers who work in private homes. The decision highlights a contentious decision made by former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm that mandated private, in-home child care providers pay union dues.

The decision means that more than 16,500 child care providers will hold onto millions of dollars that would have otherwise gone to the United Auto Workers and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

"That's why we will stop all funding and, because these providers are not state employees, will also cease collecting union dues," said Maura Corrigan, head of the Michigan Department of Human Services.

These workers, who receive government subsidies for providing in-home care to lower-income families, had fought back against the mandatory dues. The Associated Press reports that the child care providers have filed a joint lawsuit against the UAW and AFCSME, citing that the payments were a violation of their first amendment rights. William Messenger, the attorney representing the plaintiffs, told the AP that his clients are seeking $4 million in restitution.  

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