There’s additional proof that there’s justice in this world. I got that proof when I received an email that said “The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a Ramsey County District Court order directing the Dayton administration to turn over an up-to-date list of personal care attendants to a group (MNPCA) opposed to union representation, clearing a legal hurdle to a campaign aimed at decertifying the SEIU Healthcare Minnesota bargaining unit.”

This is the second defeat for the SEIU. According to the email, “In order to force the election, MNPCA must garner signatures from 30 percent of a statewide PCA bargaining unit. But the 18-month long campaign has been stymied from the start by the Dayton administration’s lack of cooperation in providing accurate and timely lists of PCAs in Minnesota. As a result, MNPCA does not know how many PCAs remain in the program.” Further, it quoted MNPCA attorney Doug Seaton as saying “We think we have enough cards now, but want to be sure there are no arguments against the election, so we continue to obtain more. Our next steps are to re-file our decertification election petition and to ask the courts for help restraining or overturning any more Bureau of Mediation Services’ decisions to stall, prevent or deny us the election.”

The Dayton administration has run interference for the SEIU since Gov. Dayton took office. The joke is that the Dayton BMS is the public employee unions’ branch office. The last thing the SEIU wants is to lose some of its influence. That’s what’s at stake here:

Based on federal filings, SEIU is estimated to be taking in as much as $4.7 million a year in new revenues from the Medicaid program. SEIU is a major political donor to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. Dayton championed the legislation passed by the then DFL-dominated legislature that allowed SEIU to “organize” PCAs as “public employees” in Minnesota.

“The SEIU is not spending millions of dollars on behalf of PCAs in Minnesota.” said Kim Crockett, Vice President and Senior Policy Fellow at Center of the American Experiment. “But it does spend a lot on its own executive salaries, stipends for union organizers and millions getting politicians (all Democrats) elected or on grants to outside groups like Planned Parenthood. How does that improve the lives of the disabled?”

Crockett is right. The SEIU wants to rip off PCAs caring for family members, then use that money to get more Democrats elected. SEIU knows that their influence is directly tied to how much money they contribute to the DFL. Their bottom line is simple. If they’re decertified, SEIU’s influence shrinks mightily.

That’s why they’ve tried avoiding giving these PCAs an accurate list of active PCAs. SEIU’s ultimate goal is to not have an election. They’re right in thinking that they’ll lose bigtime if there’s a decertification vote. With decertification comes the loss of $4.7 million, something that would limit SEIU’s political clout.

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