Ballot Proposal 4: Provide collective bargaining for in-home care workers

Proposal 2012-04 would amend the Michigan Constitution to establish the Michigan Quality Home Care Council and guarantee collective bargaining rights for in-home care workers.

Individuals who cannot care for themselves may choose to hire an in-home health aide to assist with a variety of daily tasks, including bathing, taking medications and meal preparation. If these individual are Medicaid-eligible, they can use Medicaid dollars from the Department of Community Health to pay for a health care worker. There are approximately 50,000 home health care workers statewide.

This proposal, if passed, would replace Public Act 76, passed in 2012, which prohibits home health care workers from unionizing. It also would establish the Michigan Quality Home Care Council in the executive branch of state government. Home care workers would be considered public employees only for the purpose of unionizing and would be prohibited from striking. This proposal does not affect the services available to the clients receiving care. The Home Health Services Program, which receives its funds from federal and state dollars, will not be impacted by the outcome of this proposal.

Michigan State University Extension has prepared a bulletin that provides Michigan residents with non-partisan, objective information about all of the statewide ballot proposals. Download the free bulletin, GE49 “Statewide Ballot Proposals 2012” from the MSU Extension Bookstore.

This proposal would:

  • Guarantee in-home health care workers collective bargaining rights with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council (MQHCC)
  • Require MQHCC to provide training for home care workers; establish a registry of workers who pass the criminal background check; provide financial services to patients to manage in-home care costs
  • Uphold patient’s rights to hire home care workers not on the registry
  • Set minimum compensation standards and conditions of employment

A “Yes” vote will amend the state constitution to add the outlined provisions.

A “No” vote will mean that home health care workers will continue to be employed under the pre-election terms and conditions.

For more information on this and the other proposals, read Michigan State University Extension’s bulletin, Statewide Ballot Proposals 2012, to learn more about the issue and supporting and opposing arguments for this and the other issues on the November ballot.

Additional information also can be obtained from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.

You can also read more MSU Extension News articles on: Proposal 1, Proposal 2, Proposal 3Proposal 5 and Proposal 6.

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