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Mackinac Center awarded for work on dues skimming

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By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Jan 22, 2020

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The Mackinac Center for Public Policy was recently recognized with a State Policy Network award for its work on the practice of dues skimming.

“The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is honored to be one of five organizations given the 2019 Network Award by State Policy Network,” states a post on the Center’s website. “The Mackinac Center first coined the term ‘dues skim’ after the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation discovered that the Service Employees International Union was automatically deducting union dues from home-based caregivers’ Medicaid payments. The SEIU had unionized thousands of home health care workers, unbeknownst to them, and siphoned tens of millions of dollars into its coffers.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ruled in May that home health care workers cannot be coerced into joining unions or paying union fees. According to SPN’s website, the dues skimming scheme has resulted in home caregivers losing an estimated $150 million annually due to them being wrongly classified as public employees because they receive state support to care for those in need. 

The other four recipients of the SPN 2019 Network Award are the Center of the American Experiment, Freedom Foundation, Illinois Policy Institute and the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

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