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Well -- a totally different kind of story about unions.
Union bosses are on a big recruiting drive right in your own home listen to this home care workers.
Are now being seen as a huge untapped resource for unions and they are aggressively trying to organize them.
Unions -- many democratic lawmakers say workers receiving public funds like many of these home care aides are state employees.
You can be unionized but some groups are fighting back including my next guest with us now.
That's it for -- geo director of labor policy at the -- -- -- center for public policy you guys are fighting this why.
Well it's simple -- and you know a lot of these home health care aides.
These are actually people taking care of -- family members how we did a poll out Michigan it was 75%.
The people surveyed these home health -- -- well actually taking care of sick friends or family members.
It's people like Robert Patricia high end of -- township in Michigan.
We're taking care of their adult disabled children and -- yeah you wants to comment because they're getting a Medicaid checked as yet you wanted to do is out of it.
Well okay I'm confused here -- kids.
It's my sense of this story.
That the FDI -- all of these union organizations want a piece of the pie because it's a direct way to get into the pockets of Medicaid and Medicare.
And that many of these people aren't necessarily just family members.
-- are also people who work for organizations.
And hire themselves out for this very.
This very kind of work we -- -- that.
Well there are -- pure research on the stage they did a study and they showed that.
One four in ten Americans are taking care of a sick family member.
So that kind of goes along with a 75%.
Number we -- -- -- Michigan out sick relative to our outfit is -- taking care of sick relatives.
But yes -- -- our independent contractors out there that are doing this for -- higher now the difference is that those independent contractors.
They -- are employed by these sick and disabled people so it's not like some conglomerate corporation and that's paying them or setting the work rules.
Medicaid and Medicare would ultimately do either -- met I met some people pay for their own health home health -- -- no doubt about it.
But at the end of the day it's not likely to reach the family balance sheet it's likely to reach the federal government's balance sheet.
And that's -- show folks a couple of numbers on this court.
Come health care workers are expected to reach 3.2 million by twenty when he -- up 68%.
From two years ago.
Take a look at that I mean it's -- numbers and you know events that this is only gonna get bigger come on -- theme of the day.
This is just a big pot of money for the union's right.
Well that's what the FTI use the F genuine and -- -- at -- -- and it's -- like Willie -- that's where the money is yes yes it was seeing union membership around the country dropping need to keep that forced dues money coming and that's what this is really all about Jerry.
So what should happen.
-- well the FC LU should get out of the business of it trying to extort dues money.
From people taking care of sick family members -- -- that's the first thing we did it in Michigan.
It took the governor except to pieces -- legislation.
It took the attorney general and finally get 35 million dollars that yet he almost 35 million dollars that yes you know you stems.
From people taking care of six family members finally came to an end in -- other states should follow suit well.
That Ed as we know of course.
ID -- caregivers are critical -- people in our lives I just wonder what happens if they go on strike I mean they're just so many complications because the service is actually in your home and it's so personal.
Now that's right but you know a lot of them are not gonna go much focus once again taking care family members I mean what the Heinz is of their employer is an adult disabled children so I don't think they're gonna go on strike -- these are best -- -- -- this guy is part.
Yet that's what makes what SCI AEU was doing so ridiculous they get biggest union probably in the country -- thanks for coming on tonight.
Jerry thanks -- and it.
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