MPR News reports the governor says he won't issue an order that would automatically enroll child care providers into a union, but would rather they chose for themselves. Republicans are against the move, saying Dayton doesn't have the authority to make such a call.
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About 11,000 self-employed providers who run child care businesses in their homes want the ability to unionize. But it has pitted Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton against legislative Republicans seeking to curb organized labor.
Dayton won't keep pushing for child care union vote
The Ramsey County judge who blocked a unionization vote by child care workers ruled that Governor Dayton had exceeded his authority by ordering the vote without involving the Legislature. Dayton says he disagrees with the ruling but has decided against an appeal.
Dayton, Republicans clash over federal health care grants
Republican Senator and Finance Committee Chairman David Hann accuses the Democratic governor of going around a state law that would allow him to halt the spending of millions of dollars in federal grants for the state's health-care programs. Hann says he wants more information about how the state would spent the money. Forum Communications reports Dayton's budget office marked the funds "urgent," which means the money wouldn't require legislators' approval.
Courts will likely decide whether day care workers can join unions
Gov. Dayton on Tuesday signed an executive order authorizing day care workers to vote on whether to join unions but Republicans almost instantly said they would go to the courts to stop the action.
Foes of day care union take fight to federal court
Those who disagree with a move to unionize the state's child care workers will ask a federal judge to rule on Gov. Dayton's executive order authorizing a union vote. Opponents say Dayton's order may violate their First Amendment
Legislative hearing applies heat to day care union debate
Supporters on both sides of the union issue packed a hearing in St. Paul to argue allowing home child care workers to organize. Opponents of the idea say it will change the profession for the worse and make it harder for employers. Supporters say a union will help workers get a wage that matches their skills.
Republican threatens lawsuit to stop Dayton from authorizing day care union vote
State Sen. Mike Parry of Waseca says he thinks the governor does not have the authority to sign an executive order authorizing a union vote because the state's day care workers are independent contractors.
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