SEIU 2015 is collecting funds from
In-Home Support Services (IHSS) home care providers
in these counties
Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba
How In-Home Care Providers in California Can Opt Out of SEIU 2015 Dues
For many years now, a private organization, SEIU 2015, has injected itself into the relationship between caregivers and their clients, and has collected money from IHSS caregivers' pay. However, because of the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2014 decision in Harris v. Quinn, individual provider home care aides can now demand that SEIU 2015 cease withholding union dues/fees from their paychecks.
The court referred to the requirement for partial-public employees like IHSS care providers to pay union dues as a money-making "scheme" for the union and ruled that the mandatory dues requirement violated providers' First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association.
Even if you never signed a union membership card, the state and union will still automatically withhold dues from your pay until you demand in writing that the deductions stop. You can opt out of SEIU 2015 dues by completing this form and mailing it to SEIU.
There is no penalty for opting out. Your ability to serve clients and receive IHSS funding is not affected. The difference is that you receive the full amount of the funds for the services you provide.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I have to do in order to get the SEIU to stop deducting dues from my IHSS checks?
Individual providers who wish to opt out of paying dues to support SEIU 2015 simply have to complete this letter and mail it to the union at the address provided. It's a good idea to send the letter via certified mail or a similar service that provides you with proof of delivery.
How much money is SEIU taking from my IHSS funds as dues?
According to federal filings, the union's dues in 2015 were around $370 per year. SEIU 2105 acknowledges that only 41% of the money collected is used for workplace representation services.
Can I still be paid to serve IHSS clients if I opt out of paying dues to SEIU 2015?
Yes. Under state law, the union contract for individual providers is binding on all providers, regardless of whether they want to be union-represented and regardless of whether they choose to pay union dues. Opting out of paying dues will in no way affect your ability to be paid by the state to work for IHSS clients.
How will my relationship with the union change if I resign my membership in SEIU 2015 and stop paying dues?
While the terms of SEIU's contract will still apply to you and your relationship with your client and the state will remain unchanged as a nonmember, you will no longer be able to participate in internal union affairs, such as attending union meetings, participating in contract ratification votes or voting for union officers.
How does SEIU 2015 spend my dues money?
SEIU 2015 does not function like a traditional union. It cannot represent providers in workplace disputes or grievances, because individual providers have an employer-employee relationship with their clients, not the state. The core of SEIU 2015's activity involves negotiating an agreement with the County IHSS Offices or IHSS Public Authorities. Despite its limited role, SEIU 2015 had a paid staff of at least 1,027 last year and collected tens of millions of dollars in dues from providers.
SEIU 775 president Laphonza Butler received a salary of over $190,000 last year.
SEIU national president Mary Kay Henry received a salary of $296,549 last year.
SEIU 2015/6434 IRS 990 report is available here.
SEIU's National 2015 LM-2 report is available here.
SEIU's National 2014 LM-2 report is available here.
SEIU's National 2013 LM-2 report is available here.
SEIU's National 2012 LM-2 report is available here.