President Trump is proposing a regulation change that would allow healthcare workers to take home more of the money they earn, rather being forced to pay union fees. And the unions are fuming mad.
A regulation created by the Obama administration requires money paid to healthcare workers by Medicaid and Medicare must get funneled through third party entities, such as insurance companies and unions. These third parties are then allowed to siphon money off the top for handling fees or mandatory union dues. The Trump administration is looking to roll back that requirement, allowing for workers to be paid all their money directly.
One of the largest public sector unions in the country, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), is furious. The organization issued a statement that said, in part, the Trump administrations plans “could endanger quality home care services for seniors and people with disabilities.”
“The proposed rule targets these home care workers and is designed to stop them from contributing their own wages to support their union in the same way that teachers, police and firefighters do,” the SEIU said in their published statement, although nothing in the proposed rollback would actually prohibit workers from voluntarily paying union dues.
Critics find the statement to be nothing more than fear mongering and a way to convince the public that unions are a necessity.
Conservative podcaster David Harris Jr. pointed out that many of the caregivers are actual family members of the disabled. The money they receive from Medicaid and Medicare is to make up for not being able to work at a regular full time job. He said, “President Trump’s new initiative would benefit these workers by letting them keep their entire checks and not fund the DNC.”
The Democrat party is also unhappy about the proposed regulation change. In 2016 alone, SEIU contributed over $2.2 million to Democrat candidates, compared to just a little over two thousand dollars to Republicans.
Maxford Nelson of the Freedom Foundation told the Daily Caller, “This illegal and exploitative practice has victimized hundreds of thousands of caregivers. It has only been allowed to persist because it generated significant funds for a politically-connected special interest group.”
WATCH: State Policy Network estimates $250 million intended to help the country’s most vulnerable and divert the money to unions.