ON-Lion Letter
In February, with free legal aid from attorneys at the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTWLDF) in Springfield, Va., a group of Michigan home-based child-care providers filed a class-action federal lawsuit against Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration and a union front group for illegally forcing them to pay union dues.

Carrie Schlaud and Diana Orr of Lapeer County, Edward and Nora Gross of Ingham County, and Peggy Mashke of Ogemaw County filed the federal suit today on behalf of all of Michigan's 40,000 home child-care providers.  It challenges a scheme created by Granholm, Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) officials, and a union group called Child Care Providers Together-Michigan (CCPTM) to designate home-care providers who accept state assistance as "state employees" and foist CCPTM union political "representation" on them.  CCPTM is run by the United Auto Workers (UAW) and American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSME) unions.

Under Granholm's direction, DHS officials created the Michigan Home Based Child Care Council to provide the union bosses with an entity to deal with as the "management" of the home-care providers.  Even though only 15% of the 40,000 providers voted in the union-certification election, the CCPTM union hierarchy was granted monopoly bargaining privileges and political representation of all of them.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports NRTWLDF.
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