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No unionization for in-home workers as Proposal 4 fails

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan voters have turned down a measure that would have allowed in-home health care workers to unionize.

Voters defeated the measure Tuesday that would have amended the state constitution to afford the workers limited collective bargaining rights.

It called for additional training for care workers and the creation of a registry of those who passed background checks. It also would have provided financial services to help patients manage in-home care costs.

Supporters say the measure would have improved the quality of and access to care for the disabled.

Gov. Rick Snyder and other Republicans opposed the measure, saying its real purpose was to provide for collection of union dues from home health workers after GOP lawmakers outlawed the dues collection earlier this year.

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