State Proposal Asks Voters if 'Michigan Quality Home Care Council' Should be Established
Proposal 4 would also affirm limited collective bargaining rights for about 42,000 home health care workers.
Michigan's Proposal 4 on the Nov. 6 ballot pertains to home health care and the collective bargaining rights for thousands of workers.
The proposal calls for the establishment of a "Michigan Quality Home Care Council" in the state constitution and would affirm limited collective bargaining rights for about 42,000 home health care workers. Those workers are hired and fired by the elderly or disabled participants of the Medicaid-funded Home Help Services Program, and are paid by the Michigan Department of Community Health, the Michigan Citizens Research Council states.
The council would be the so-called public employer of home health care aides while the participants of the Home Health Care program would still have the right to choose, hire, train and terminate their home health care aides.
"The proposal provides that participant-employed home health care providers 'shall have the same rights relating to collective bargaining with the Council as are otherwise provided by law to public employees not within the classified civil service relating to their public employers' and would amend Section 5 of Article XI (Classified State Civil Service) to add 'in-home personal care providers subject to the authority of the Michigan Quality Home Care Council' to the list of those exempt from classified state civil service," the Michigan Citizens Research Council states.
The home health care providers would not be public or state employees and would not have the right to strike.
The proposal outcome doesn't affect the outcome of the Medicaid-funded Home Help Services Program will remain in effect regardless of the outcome.
Proposal 4 summary
According to the research council, the proposal would:
- Allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council. Continue the current exclusive representative of in-home care workers until modified in accordance with labor laws.
- Require MQHCC to provide training for in-home care workers, create a registry of workers who pass background checks and provide financial services to patients to manage in-home care costs.
- Preserve patients’ rights to hire in-home care workers not referred from the MQHCC registry who are bargaining unit members.
- Authorize the MQHCC to set minimum compensation standards and terms and conditions of employment.
Read the ballot language here.
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