By Sahid Fawaz
The current administration is going after yet another group of union workers.
“Medicaid home care aides — hourly workers who help elderly and disabled people with daily tasks like eating, getting dressed and bathing — are emerging as the latest target in the ongoing power struggle between some conservative lawmakers and organized labor.
About half a million of these home workers belong to the Service Employees International Union, a public-sector union that represents almost 1.9 million workers in the United States and Canada. The union is an influential donor to some Democratic campaigns and boasted strong ties to the Obama administration.
Some academics who study unions say blocking these direct Medicaid payments would mean the workers — especially those who don’t work in a single, centralized office, or don’t have a credit card or a bank account — would be far less likely to pay dues, thereby potentially diminishing the union’s influence.
CMS’ language affects only ‘individual providers’ — that is, those who aren’t employed by the private, for-profit agencies that dominate this industry. Individual providers, who are technically state employees, are far more likely to be members of a union than employees of the agencies are.”
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