Child care provider union fight far from over


The union seeking to organize in-home child care providers in Minnesota is asking a federal court to reconsider its recent ruling to temporarily block a union election, as the U.S. Supreme Court sets to hear a related Illinois case.

The Pioneer Press reports, that AFSCME Council 5 said that it has filed a motion to reconsider with the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Last month the court granted an injunction putting the election on hold pending a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in a similar case from Illinois.

The report says that AFSCME Council 5 spokeswoman Jennifer Munt, said he Illinois case "has absolutely no bearing on whether Minnesota child care providers have the right to vote on a union."

MinnPost reports, the high court will hear the Illinois lawsuit over unionizing personal care attendants otherwise known as Harris v. Quinn.

AFSCME Council 5 has been working to unionize 12,000 home based child care providers who offer state-subsidized care. In May lawmakers approved a bill allowing child care providers a vote on unionization.

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