Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, March 17th, 2017 at 3:23 pm -
By Olivia Grady
On May 24, 2013, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a law declaring personal care assistants (PCAs) government employees, but only for collective bargaining purposes. PCAs, usually women who take care of their disabled children in exchange for a small Medicaid payment, could now be unionized.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) wasted no time organizing an election and claimed victory in 2014 after just 3,543 PCAs (the majority who voted in the election) out of about 27,000 supported the union.