Mary Jane Aurdal-Olson Claims The Evil Big Government Is ‘Forcing’ Her To Care For Her Autistic Grandson At Union Wage, And Demands The “Right To Work” For Less.
Meet Mary Jane Aurdal-Olson, a Tea Party grandma from Washington state. She hates the way our evil Big Government is forcing her to accept union wages while caring for her autistic grandson, and she demands the “right to work” for less.
“It makes no sense for me to be part of a union,” Aurdal-Olson complains to the News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash. The sprightly-looking grandma with the bright blue eyes and crisp dark curls provides care to her autistic grandson 20 hours a month. But she doesn’t understand why she has to join a union and pay dues in order to do this.
“I’m his grandmother, No. 1. No. 2, I’m retired. I don’t expect a career in caregiving.”
Wow. That sounds like all kinds of crazy to me. I mean, people all over our nation care for their special needs children, parents, grandparents and other family-members day in and day out, and I’ve never once heard about anyone being forced to join a union and pay dues for doing so.
Oh wait… Perhaps Aurdal-Olson gets paid to provide care to her autistic grandson through the state of Washington’s In-Home Care program. Funded by the federal government’s SSI and Medicaid programs, and run by the Wash. state’s Dept. of Social and Health Services (DSHS), the program offers personal and respite care to eligible adults and families with special needs. Home care workers get hired by the individuals or families they care for, but are screened, trained, and paid by DSHS.
Oh, and it just so happens that home care workers like Aurdal-Olson are represented by the SEIU (Service Employees International Union), whose #FightFor15 campaign has won workers higher wages in Seattle, Seatac, and other cities across the U.S. Now it’s all starting to make sense.
Aurdal-Olson And The Freedom Foundation’s Assault On U.S. Workers.
Look behind a so-called “victim” arguing a right wing position, and you’ll find a shill for some vile right-wing cause. As it predictably turns out, Aurdal-Olson’s not just some random grandma who hates paying her union dues. Her Linked In profile states that she does public relations for the Washington Federation of Republican Women, and is also quite the local GOP activist. And right now, Aurdal-Olson’s in cahoots with the so-called “Freedom Foundation,” an anti-union, right-to-work-for-less group based out of Olympia, Wash.
That’s right. While collecting her union-wage paychecks to care for her own disabled grandson, Aurdal-Olson’s trying to prevent in-home care workers who’ve actually got families to support and bills to pay from making a living wage or receiving healthcare, vacation pay and other benefits.
How selfish of her. When she dies or can no longer work, who does Aurdal-Olson think will care for her grandson? Does she really want that person to be stressed out, struggling and coming to work sick for lack of paid sick leave? Aurdal-Olson’s callous statement to the News Tribune says it all. Because most home care workers can not afford to be “retired” like she is, and have no choice about whether they “expect a career in caregiving.”
And the Freedom Foundation’s current campaign to lie, lobby, smear and sue the SEIU into bankruptcy is their latest full-on assault on American workers. Because God forbid that while the rich and powerful have armies of lobbyists and the whole Republican party in their pockets, those of us who actually need to work for a living — the majority of us — should have anyone representing our interests.
Wait. You think I’m blowing things up all out of proportion just to make the “Freedom Foundation” look bad? Look what I got from The Olympian, which got that from an email sent to Freedom Foundation supporters by their own CEO, Tom McCabe.
“We have implemented a plan to bankrupt SEIU, our state’s largest union.”
I don’t even understand how so-called “conservatives” like Ardal-Olson can claim they champion free markets while trying to bust unions. By representing workers’ interests, unions like the SEIU play an important role in our free markets. Back in the mid-20th century, when unions were powerful and more Americans were dues-paying union members, U.S. workers enjoyed the most broadly-shared prosperity known to human kind. And now look at us. Without unions, rich CEOs, business owners and Wall street bankers wind up running the show. That’s what we’ve had for the past 40 years, and Americans of all political stripes know that’s not working.