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Health care workers vote out of union

January 13, 2012
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MUSKEGON, MI — Employees at the Mercy Health Partners Hackley Campus have voted themselves out of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), according to the Michigan Capitol Confidential.

The employee group will now transition over to the National Union of Health Care Workers, the article stated.

According to the article, the loss of the Hackley employees, coupled with the loss of the employees at the Luther Manor skilled nursing facility in Saginaw in a September election, will make SEIU Health Care Michigan even more dependent on dues from a "forced unionization" of home health care workers.

"I''m thrilled. It''s one thing to be nonunion and have issues with your employer, but to be in a union with issues against your employer and against the union that''s supposed to representing you … Well, it feels like a weight has been lifted off our shoulders," said Jeff Heyse, staff CT scan technician.

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January 13, 2012
I agree that issues are best settled one on one with employee and employer. So, WHY would you vote out of one union just to go into another. According to the atricle the employee group will transistion over to a new union. Why does that make any sense? I'm thrilled. ,,,,Well, it feels like a weight has been lifted off our shoulders," said Jeff Heyse, staff CT scan technician.

January 13, 2012
Having been between the workers and SEIU I can understand them wanting to move away from SEIU. Some Unions are set-up to simply give them a Union status, and the employment issues are still run buy the employer as a non-union employee. This way they can work in a Union environment and be Union without all the BS that’s behind SEIU.

January 13, 2012
One of the full articles said "SEIU officials in Michigan bargained takeaway contracts, failed to represent us and paid themselves exorbitant salaries, perks and bonuses with our dues." Another said SEIU wouldn't return phone calls.