In two weeks, child care workers will vote on whether or not to unionize. But a meeting Monday revealed many unanswered questions for the state's 11,000 day care providers.
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A group of child care providers opposed to an effort to unionize the business are suing. They claim Gov. Dayton overstepped his authority in signing an executive order authorizing child-care workers to vote on whether to form a union.
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.
Dayton, Republicans clash over child care unionization
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.
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.
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.
Some day care providers worry union would take away their voice
One child care provider who has joined a lawsuit to block a vote to unionize tells Forum Communications' reporter Don Davis that she worries a union would take over all negotiations with state officials, leaving her with no voice of her own. But union supporters say the move to stop the vote is just a ploy by "cheap-labor conservatives" and that unionization would provide better pay and benefits for workers in the industry.
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
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.
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