In December of 2012, SEIU announced its intent to pass legislation allowing them to unionize personal care attendants (PCAs). http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2012/12/13/home-health-care-workers-seek-right-organize-minnesota
A bill was introduced in February of 2013 and quickly combined with a more controversial bill that would also unionize private child care businesses. SF 778 passed after the longest floor debate in the history of the Minnesota Senate.
The bill allowed SEIU to obtain a list as early as September 1, 2013 and file for an election as early as October 1, 2013 by showing support from at least 30% of the PCAs eligible to vote.
On July 8, 2014, SEIU announced that it had obtained the necessary signed cards for a mail ballot unionization election. The election was rushed through with little notice given to those eligible to vote. As a result, and since only ballots returned are counted, the SEIU was able to win with only 3,543 voting in their favor. The votes of only 13% unionized all 27,000.
In spite of the low voter turnout, thousands of Minnesota's PCAs would soon learn the fine print on the bottom of the union authorization card they signed locked them in to paying dues for at least one year, and made revoking membership very difficult.
On February 27, 2015 the SEIU and State of Minnesota announced they had reached a contract deal. This contract raised the base wage providers could be paid (many were already paid more than the current base) and implemented a mandatory "orientation" provided by the union. At this "orientation", new PCAs are presented with the membership cards that include the fine print making it difficult to opt out once they sign, locking them into paying dues.
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Health Insurance: No
BREAKING! Minnesota PCAs move to decertify! For more information, and to sign a decertification petition