George F. Will: Forcing caregivers into union violates First Amendment rights

Published: Sunday, Jan. 19 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

They actually are employees not of the government but of the care recipients, who hire the caregivers and determine working hours and conditions. So what is the point of a union in these circumstances? Enriching the union is the point.

Illinois' system resembles that in some other states. Until Republicans repealed Michigan's arrangements, the SEIU extracted more than $34 million from tens of thousands of caregivers. Patently, the purpose of such systems is to enable unions to siphon away, in dues, a portion of caregivers' pay, some of which becomes campaign contributions for the political party that created the system. The court is unlikely to think the First Amendment should be diluted to accommodate this.

George Will's email address is georgewill@washpost.com.

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