Union Watch – Wisconsin Governor’s Budget Could Lead to Unionizing Home Care Workers

Stephen Tweed | February 25, 2009 | Newsroom
A provision deep in Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle's budget could pave the way for unionizing thousands of low-wage workers who care for elderly and disabled clients in their homes.The plan, similar to one already implemented in Dane County, could group the workers into a large registry and, if the workers choose, a statewide union.Supporters, including…

A provision deep in Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle’s budget could pave the way for unionizing thousands of low-wage workers who care for elderly and disabled clients in their homes.

The plan, similar to one already implemented in Dane County, could group the workers into a large registry and, if the workers choose, a statewide union.

Supporters, including a labor union pushing for the proposal,(SEIU) say the registry could help connect the state’s growing elderly population with more experienced, quality care. Skeptics say the creation of a union could make it harder for those clients to afford the same amount of care on what taxpayers provide.

What do you see happening in your marketplace with the SEIU or other unions working to organize home care workers? Give us your comments below.

Stephen Tweed
Stephen Tweed, CSP, began his journey as a business strategist in home health care in 1982. Today, Stephen is among the top thought leaders in Home Care strategy and management. He has worked with top 5% companies from across the US. He is a sought after speaker at from national and state association events.

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