Published on Dec 5, 2013
Pam Harris is a mom in northern Illinois whose son, Joshua, needs constant care because of a rare genetic syndrome that causes severe intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Pam receives a modest subsidy from a Medicaid-waiver program that allows her to stay home and take care of Joshua. She isn't a state employee; she just gets a check so Joshua can be at home and not in an institution.
But in 2009, Gov. Pat Quinn and the Service Employees International Union got involved. Quinn issued an executive order authorizing the state to recognize an "exclusive representative" -- a union -- for home care providers like Pam.
But Pam has fought back. Now, with the help of the National Right to Work Foundation, her case challenging the state's attempts to unionize home care providers will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.