In September of 2010, Governor Rendell issued Executive Order 2010-04 allowing for the unionization of homecare workers. http://www.parf.org/site2/?p=1318
The Pennsylvania Homecare Association and the Coalition for R.E.A.L. Home and Community Based Services (which included many employers with disabilities) filed for an injunction in Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court challenging the Governor's authority to write such an Order. After the Governor was unsuccessful in having the lawsuit thrown out, he rescinded the Order in December of 2010.
On February 27, 2015 Governor Tom Wolf issued Executive Order 2015-05, again allowing for the unionization of homecare workers. http://www.pahomecare.org/_files/live/2015_05.pdf
SEIU and AFSCME united to form the United Home Health Care Workers of Pennsylvania, which won an ambush election with only 13% of eligible home care workers voting.
Three people with disabilities who employ homecare workers, two homecare workers, the Pennsylvania Homecare Association, and United Cerebral Palsy filed two lawsuits challenging Governor Wolf's executive order as an unconstitutional violation of the separation of powers and contrary to the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act, which forbids the unionization of workers “in the domestic service of any person in the home of such person, or any individual employed by his parent or spouse.” http://www.pahomecare.org/_files/live/Filing_Statement_4615_FINAL.pdf
Judge Dan Pellegrini has issued an injunction in one case (Smith and Lambrecht v. Wolf) preventing the state from entering into a memorandum of understanding with the United Home Health Care Workers of Pennsylvania. http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/04/gov_wolf_opponents_claim_wins.html
Fair Share: None
Health Insurance: None
Contract: Union not recognized