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I-1163: Parents should be exempt

Letter by Deborah H. Gill, University Place on Oct. 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm with 6 Comments »
October 27, 2011 10:17 am

My 19 year old with autism requires constant supervision and a high level of personal care. My husband and I have successfully cared for him his entire life. The SEIU, however, thinks they should be paid to “train” me.

I completed the 12 required hours, and learned nothing. The SEIU takes three percent of my pay and has forced me to make a “voluntary” deduction to pay for the I-1163 campaign. When I asked them to stop deducting it, I was told I had no choice.

Under I-1163, the SEIU will require even more hours of training for parents, which the SEIU will be paid to provide. I do not need their 75 hours of training.

Parents should be exempted from the SEIU’s money grab.  I-1163 diverts money from direct care at a time when dollars are scarce. The least expensive place to care for a disabled individual is in their family home.

Tell the SEIU to leave the parents alone!

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    Figgered it out yet? It’s not about training, or care…it’s about power and money. Duh! Unions and their elites care only for their personal bottom line.

  2. Peeannoplaya says:

    So you are an SEIU member that is against your union? OK. Your right.

    If you weren’t trained and needed a caretaker for your son, would you want a trained one or an untrained one?

  3. I-1163 is not about training. The training already in place for non-parent caretakers is adequate at 34 hours. I-1163 is about increasing the money the union will get from the state. That money will be taken from somewhere else. Who needs it more, the disabled or the union? PS- I am only a union member because I have no choice. The contract with the state makes it mandatory.

  4. AlabamaGeorge says:

    DHGill – have you considered being a contracted provider, thus owning your own business? That would eliminate your union problem, but would also make you responsible for marketing your own contracts. This is America. You are welcome to start your own business.

  5. I only want to care for my own adult son. I don’t want to do this for a living. That is my point. I should not have to belong to a union or get special training to care for him. I would like the SEIU to stop trying to make it so difficult for parents. Otherwise we might all seek state placement and that would be really expensive for society.

  6. AlabamaGeorge says:

    If you are only caring for your son, how can a union force membership? There is no employer to pressure about a closed shop.

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