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Gov. Dayton mulling over unionizing child care

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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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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