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Wyandotte Couple Star in TV Ad Supporting Proposal 4

Ken and Hazel Woodruff are passionate about the Keep Home Care a Safe Choice campaign.

Longtime Wyandotte residents Ken and Hazel Woodruff are getting used to the extra attention they've been receiving since appearing in a TV ad in support of Michigan Proposal 4, the Keep Home Care a Safe Choice campaign.

Members of the Wyandotte Democratic Club for more than 33 years (Ken is the second vice president), the couple filmed the commercial to support which would mean screening and training for in-home care workers, Hazel said.

“It was an honor to be chosen,” she said. “As we go different places, people walk up and ask if we are in the ad.”

The two remain humble despite the recognition.

“We say we were there to promote the ad and not us,” she said.

A World War II veteran, Ken Woodruff would “certainly rather be home” if he needed care, Hazel Woodruff said.

“We love our home, and we love Wyandotte,” she said. “We wouldn’t want to go anyplace else.”

They have been married since 1955 and have lived in their house for more than 50 years. The Woodruffs raised three children in their home and have a lot of memories there.

In the TV commercial for Proposal 4, Ken Woodruff said, “The thought of going into a nursing home is hard to imagine.”

The proposal would amend the Michigan Constitution, establishing the Michigan Quality Home Care Council and providing collective bargaining for in-home care workers. It also would give seniors and people with disabilities a registry that links them with prescreened home care providers in their area.

In-home care workers would have training and receive criminal background checks, Hazel Woodruff said. Those who need in-home care could choose a provider from the registry, and if that person doesn’t fulfill their needs, they could use the registry to find another.

Proposal 4 would save taxpayers and the government a lot of money, Hazel Woodruff said. The cost of two to three months in a nursing home, at several thousand dollars per month, is almost the life savings of an average person, she said. Then, the government takes over paying for the patient’s nursing home care.

“I think it will save the country a lot of money,” she said.

Filming the TV commercial for Proposal 4, which will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot, was an enjoyable experience, she said. It took about three hours, including an interview, several pictures and one clothing change. The interview and filming began in their house.

“We had to change costumes then into gardening clothes,” Hazel Woodruff said.

The Woodruffs became involved in the ad through Hugh Madden, someone they know from the Democratic club and other contacts in the community.

It was a very pleasant experience filming the Proposal 4 commercial, and they participated for humanitarian reasons, Hazel Woodruff said.

They’ve received a lot of phone calls from friends and relatives, in Wyandotte and beyond.

“Most people told us they recognized my voice before they saw the commercial,” she said.

Ballot language

This is the ballot language Michigan voters will see for Proposal 4 of the Nov. 6 election.

PROPOSAL 12-4

A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ESTABLISH THE MICHIGAN QUALITY HOME CARE COUNCIL AND PROVIDE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR IN-HOME CARE WORKERS

This proposal would:

* Allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council (MQHCC). Continue the current exclusive representative of in-home care workers until modified in accordance with labor laws.

* Require MQHCC to provide training for in-home care workers, create a registry of workers who pass background checks, and provide financial services to patients to manage the cost of in-home care.

* Preserve patients’ rights to hire in-home care workers who are not referred from the MQHCC registry who are bargaining unit members.

* Authorize the MQHCC to set minimum compensation standards and terms and conditions of employment.

Patti October 23, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Yes, they are a wonderful couple who seem to know exactly what they're talking about, while you seem to be a shill for big business. So leave them alone. Yes on Prop 4.
Eric October 24, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Having collective bargaining rights means the members of the union receive better pay. Though they're forced to pay in, it ultimately means more money in their pocket.
Angela Farley October 24, 2012 at 11:53 AM
You are right, Christine. And I know this due to I am a member of that union because I care for my disabled daughter in my home. I pay union dues every month. For what? Who's my union rep? Do I pay dues so I get paid vacation, health insurance and retirement? If so, it's not working because I don't have any of those things. Also, the other agencies I have used do background checks without Prop 4. I was sent a ballot to vote on a matter as a union member and was called to confirm I mailed back my ballot. When I assured the caller I did, they asked me if I voted yes. After telling him I didn't, he was outraged as the union endorsed a yes vote. They are so kind they offered to send me ANOTHER ballot to vote again. How is that legal? They are a bunch of crooks and voting no will take away some of their power.
Jim Rutkowski October 24, 2012 at 02:21 PM
While these proposals all SOUND good on the surface and who wouldn't want these workers to pass a background check, why does it have to be a part of our constitution? Once it becomes part of the state constitution, it becomes very difficult to change this law. Just remember that the SEIU was the target of several investigations by the media just a few years ago. I suspect that the motive behind Prop 4 is to enhance the union more than the protection of seniors. These protections can be addressed in ways other than a part of our state constitution. NOTE NO.
Jeff VB October 24, 2012 at 02:25 PM
This is one of the biggest scams the State of Michigan has ever seen. Everything that will be "established" by this act already exists and is being done. Most people who have been paying dues for years have NEVER EVEN HEARD OF the organization that has been taking money from disabled people every single month. It's sad. They get people like that to do a commercial and lie right to their face. I can't even believe it's legal.
acroporless October 24, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Proposal 4 is nothing more then a state authorized union, Home health care workers already are required to have back ground checks, This law will raise the amount that patients will pay for home health care services, If you are on medicare with a medigap policy the amount you pay will go up. Medicare & medigap will not cover the new benefits & higher wages the workers receive. This proposal takes money away from seniors, the first time they go on strike you'll see home much they care about seniors & their patients. Vote no on proposal 4 its bad for seniors & anyone who receives home health care. This proposal is like the under handed method granholm used to force child care workers into a union. If you your grandmother watches children in her home, ask her how she likes paying union dues.
Ted Dziengelewski October 24, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Background checks should already be mandatory for home health care workers. This can be done through legislative action. It does not need to be enshrined in the state constitution.
Tom Chase October 24, 2012 at 07:53 PM
The entire proposal on its face seems to be in the interests of seniors and those with disabilities or illness, which would be noble and good. However if you read between the lines you will see that its hidden intent (and the only one the damned politicians and special interests care about) is to create another government agency and to broaden existing union membership or create a new union base for an existing major union (ie Teamsters home health care workers). That is all the union and politicians who will "appropriate" taxpayers money care about. They don't give a damn about anyone who needs care at home.
Tom Chase October 24, 2012 at 08:01 PM
This has been known for a long time. A "proposal" was passed that "allowed" the SEIU (Ciminals) to "charge union dues" to family members who take care of their loved ones and force them to be part of the union. This is crime (Extortion) condoned by the state legislature and Governor at the time (Granholm - a criminal) and needs to be stopped. Christine, I am glad to see someone standing up to this criminal enterprise (politicians and PUBLIC unions). Granholm proved what a joke she is at the DNC 2012.
Tom Chase October 24, 2012 at 08:04 PM
They are FAMILY MEMBERS!!! Only in a COMMUNIST PHILOSOPHY is there room for forced membership!!!!
William Riley October 25, 2012 at 04:43 AM
At first I was leaning towards supporting this bill, but after reading through it, there is no way I could vote for it. It's sad how the add tends to use one's feelings of sympathy to get someone to vote for something like this. It's like another add now running that uses children to try to get people to vote for a proposal. After all, who wouldn't vote for something that's supposed to be good for them? They just want you to feel guilty enough to go ahead and vote for it no matter how bad it might be.
Manny Lopez October 25, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Angela, The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation is representing other parents and family members who got roped into the same situation. The SEIU has been taking about $6 million a year from people taking care of the elderly and disabled in Michigan and offering nothing in return. The Home Help Program already exists to help people stay in their homes. This proposal does nothing to provide better care, better pay or better anything. Just gives more money to the SEIU. The union has taken more than $32 million since this scheme started in 2005. We're not hearing about that in the commercials. http://www.mackinac.org/9051 http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/17549
Web Spin October 28, 2012 at 03:43 AM
WOW! I'm shocked to see this many free marketers from the mid-evil nation of Wyandotte, but I've no illusions we will ever rid the nation of the money extortion otherwise known as collective bargaining.

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