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Court keeps day care provider union vote on hold during appeals

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A court ruling will keep any union vote among Minnesota's in-home day care providers on hold while the law allowing such a vote is appealed.

The Star Tribune reports the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld its injunction blocking such a vote during the appeals process.

Providers opposed to a union have challenged the law Minnesota's Legislature passed last spring allowing the vote. After a district court ruled against them they took the case to the 8th Circuit, which imposed the injunction while it considers the case. Organizers with the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees had asked the court to lift the injunction.

As the Star Trib reports, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering a similar case involving Illinois law. But neither the 8th Circuit nor the Supreme Court is expected to rule until next year.

Other states are watching the Minnesota case. The Providence Journal reports that in Rhode Island an organizing drive is underway but union critics argue a vote should not be held until Minnesota's case is resolved.

Personal care attendants, who were also authorized to form unions, are not part of the pending court case and an organizing drive continues. Home health aides represent one of the fastest-growing sectors in the health care industry, with the Labor Department estimating their numbers will grow 70 percent from 2010 to 2020.

Here's this week's appeals court order.

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