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Trump Administration Takes Ax to Union Dues Skimming

Union activists and supporters rally against the Supreme Court's ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case, in Foley Square in Lower Manhattan, June 27, 2018 in New York City. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that public employee unions cannot require non-members to pay fees. The ruling will have significant financial impacts for organized labor. (Photo by Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto/Sipa USA) (Newscom TagID: sipaphotoseight293537.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

A few weeks ago the Supreme Court released a number of landmark decisions, among which was an end to forced union dues for employees who choose not to become union members. That decision is providing support for the Trump administration’s axing of an Obama-era rule that allowed states to skim funds off the top of Medicaid stipends to workers, which were being funneled to unions. If the rule is upheld, that practice will come to a swift end. In its wake, workers will be able to keep more of their own money, and unions will have less of it to give to Democrats running for office. It’s a win-win.

Here’s more from The Daily Signal…

Sally Coomer of Seattle, who cares for her disabled adult daughter at home, doesn’t like the fact that union dues are deducted from the Medicaid payment she gets for her services under a Washington state policy.

“The money that is taken out in union dues, if it was not siphoned off, could be used to provide for more care,” Coomer told The Daily Signal about the Medicaid stipend given to home care providers.

“A lot of family members forgo careers to take care of family members and are working in situations where they are really financially struggling,” she said.

Washington is one of 11 states where the state governments work with public-sector unions to automatically deduct a portion of the Medicaid stipend and divert it to unions representing state employee unions.

The other states are California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon, and Vermont, according to the State Policy Network, a conservative think tank that focuses on state issues.

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