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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 | 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!

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