The Bureau of Mediation Services (BMS) has ordered a mail ballot election for 26,000 PCAs. (See notice below)
- Ballots will be mailed to 26,000 Minnesota home care workers (PCAs) on August 1, 2014.
- Ballots must be mailed back and in the office of BMS by August 25, 2014.
- Only ballots cast will be counted. If only 100 PCAs vote and 51 vote for the union, all 26,000 will be unionized. The union does not need to get a majority of the PCAs to vote in their favor. Mail ballot elections for PCAs typically have low voter turnout and the union usually wins with only a small percent voting in their favor.
- The Harris v. Quinn Supreme Court ruling only addressed the fair share fees and will not stop the SEIU from unionizing PCAs and becoming the exclusive representative for everyone in the bargaining unit.
- Even without fair share fees, the SEIU could still negotiate harmful things into a union contract, including mandatory training that PCAs under the contract would be subject to. In Washington, the union pushed for and won 75 hours of mandatory training creating a hardship for many caregivers and employers with disabilities.
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