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About 13,000 in-home Illinois caregivers have left a major Midwestern union in the year since the Supreme Court decided Harris v. Quinn, saying that caregivers could not be forced to join a union.

The decline underscores how many of those people likely never wanted to be in the union — called SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas — in the first place.

The union, which originally claimed about 60 percent of the caregivers in the state subsidy programs covered by the case as members, now represents just 30 percent. The decline has cost it an estimated $5 million in member dues. That's despite an aggressive effort by the union to retain those members.

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