One of the many initiatives on the November 4th ballot is Proposition B – known as the Quality Home Care Act. According to the Missourians for Qualty Home Care website, "Proposition B will ensure seniors and people with disabilities have access to quality home care services when they need them by establishing a Quality Home Care Council."
But the Missouri Chamber of Commerce says the devil is in the details in that the Service Employees International Union – the SEIU – is behind the proposition … and its real purpose is to increase union membership. Trey Davis, the Chamber’s Vice President of Governmental Affairs, says the language indicates apporoval would make it easier to organize unions and the enlist members.
The SEIU has responded, through a statement: "Home care workers care deeply about the quality of the services they provide to their clients and want a stronger voice about how care is delivered. But unlike home care workers in states like Illinois, Michigan, and Washington, personal care providers in Missouri currently don’t have the right to unite together to advocate for improved staffing or better funding for home care. Proposition B would give home care workers in Missouri the freedom to vote to form their own organization and speak with a united voice to improve the quality of long term care."