Now that workers have a choice, more than half of all state-paid family child care providers have stopped paying dues to the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) Local 925 as of August 2015. According to the Freedom Foundation, 6,633 family childcare providers were paid by the state and 6,633 paid union dues in July 2014.
In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Harris v. Quinn decision and the efforts by the Freedom Foundation to educate providers on their rights, a whopping “3,652 (51.4 percent) of Washington’s 7,103 family child care providers had resigned their membership in SEIU 925 and ceased paying dues.”
As Shift has reported, local SEIU branches in Washington State have employed quite a lot of sneaky tricks to prevent union members from finding out their constitutional rights following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that “it was unconstitutional for individual home health care providers to be forced to pay union dues or fees against their will” (Harris v. Quinn). Clearly, their efforts have not paid off.