Forced Unionization Hurts Families


Kevin’s lunch has to be ground up by a food processor, and his dad shaves, bathes and dresses him every day. He and his sister were born with disabilities that leave them unable to take care of themselves.

Their parents, Robert and Patricia Haynes, care for their daily needs. The Haynes are two people out of about 60,000 who are home healthcare providers.

One day, a caseworker who regularly checks in on the Haynes family told them they were going to be unionized.

Patricia responded, “Why? I don’t need to be in a union.”

There was an opportunity for unions to forcibly collect dues directly out of people’s paychecks and raise money without even having to provide services.

Robert Haynes was employed with the Detroit Police Department for 25 years, so he understands the role of a union. One large purpose of a union is to negotiate wages and working conditions on your behalf. Robert and Patricia’s employers are listed as their disable children and their workplace is their home. Are the unions going to negotiate with their kids?

For Robert, “This is not pro-union or anti-union… we don’t belong in a union.”

Like many others who forcibly have union dues collected from their paychecks, the Haynes family deserves a choice to not join a union.

To learn more about policies that give families like the Haynes a choice, visit The Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s website and watch the below video.