Feds Sued for Change to Health Worker Union Dues Rules
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the Trump administration Monday over a federal rule that blocks more than half a million in-home health care workers in the Golden State from directly deducting union dues from their paychecks.
Nearly 600,000 seniors and people living with disabilities in California receive support from home care workers through a Medicaid program called In-Home Supportive Services, which operates under the state’s collective bargaining laws due to action by the Legislature in the 1990s.
The state’s more than 500,000 in-home care workers help patients bathe, prepare meals, dress themselves, drive to doctor appointments and take any necessary medications.
More than half of those workers belong to a union – primarily Service Employees International Union or American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees – and union membership fees are deducted from their paychecks. The fees pay for first aid training and some health supplies.
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