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Union Watch – Wisconsin Governor’s Budget Could Lead to Unionizing Home Care Workers

A provision deep in Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle’s budget could pave the way for unionizing thousands of low-wage workers who care for elderly and disabled clients in their homes.

The plan, similar to one already implemented in Dane County, could group the workers into a large registry and, if the workers choose, a statewide union.

Supporters, including a labor union pushing for the proposal,(SEIU) say the registry could help connect the state’s growing elderly population with more experienced, quality care. Skeptics say the creation of a union could make it harder for those clients to afford the same amount of care on what taxpayers provide.

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