Proposal 4 in Michigan: Home health care workers

Voters will decide whether the Michigan Constitution should establish home health care workers as public employees solely for the purpose of collective bargaining.

See Proposal 4 as it will appear on the ballot

And check out the full text of the amendment

You can find out more about Proposal 4 by reading and listening below.

Election 2012
5:01 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Proposal 4 would establish home-help registry; protect workers' right to unionize

Elizabeth Schultz and her caregiver of eight years, Leah Kroll, both of Holland.
Rina Miller Michigan Radio

There’s a debate in Michigan over whether people who provide in-home help to those with disabilities and some elderly should be guaranteed the right to collective bargaining under a Constitutional amendment.

That’s part of what Proposal 4 is about.

Elizabeth Schultz lives in an apartment in Holland with her cat, Kiko.  Schultz is college educated, teaches a class at a community mental health agency and is a deacon at her church.

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Politics & Government
5:26 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Stateside: Proposal Clarification

Michigan Radio clarifies Proposal 2 and 4.

It’s a big election for Michigan ballot proposals.

To help clarify Proposals Two and Four, Cyndy spoke with Michigan Radio Lansing Bureau Chief, Rick Pluta.

Listen to Pluta’s insight in the above audio clip.

Read more about Proposal Two and Proposal Four.

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1:54 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Truth Squad on Prop 4

Michigan voters have plenty of homework to do before election day. One of the more complicated of the five proposed amendments to the Michigan Constitution is Proposal 4.  Michigan Watch teamed up with the Center for Michigan’s Truth Squad to review the ads.

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Election 2012
12:13 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

4 things to know about Proposal 4: Collective bargaining for home health aides

Anna Strumillo fotopedia

Under the federally-funded Home Help Services Program, qualifying elderly or disabled residents of Michigan are eligible to receive in-home assistance with personal care and household chores.

Participants of the program have discretion in the hiring and firing of home health aides, and have their services paid for by Medicaid funds administered through the Michigan departments of Community Health and Human Services.

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Politics & Government
8:43 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Commentary: Home health care amendment

Michigan voters next month are going to be asked to decide the fate of five proposed amendments to the state constitution, plus whether they want to keep the Emergency Manager law. Some of the amendments have gotten a lot of publicity, like the one that would require a statewide vote before any new bridge could be constructed.

The amendment that would guarantee collective bargaining rights is getting attention, as is the one that would require utilities to get 25 percent of their energy from renewable sources.

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