Updated:
Original:

Judge to rule on whether to block union effort to organize home daycares

Author:

A federal judge says he plans to rule soon on whether plans to put together a union vote among Minnesota daycare providers should proceed.

As the Associated Press reports, Judge Michael Davis heard arguments Thursday over two lawsuits challenging the new law that gives the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees permission to try to organize certain providers.

The Legislature voted in May to allow AFSCME to try to organize providers who look after kids whose care is subsidized by the state.

The Star Tribune reports the plaintiffs urged Judge Davis to put a stop to any union vote and throw out the law. Lawyers for the state and the union, meanwhile, argued it's the lawsuits that should be thrown out and a union vote should be allowed to move ahead.

Home daycare providers opposed to the law say it intrudes on independent businesses and may lead some to drop families that get state subsidies in order to avoid having to pay union dues.

MPR reports Gov. Mark Dayton calls it a travesty that providers might be prevented from deciding whether join a union.

The bill was hotly debated at the Legislature this spring and passed the House by the slimmest of margins, with all the Republicans and a few DFLers voting against it.

A poll taken by the Star Tribune last month found more disagreed with the Legislature's move than approved of it.

The challenges to Minnesota's law have attracted the attention of national pro-union and anti-union groups, which are helping to pay the legal bills. The AP says one lawyer told Judge Davis Thursday it's the kind of case that could land in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Next Up

Ambulance hospital emergency

Driver killed after crashing into parked semi-trailer

The crash occurred on the 5800 block of University Avenue Northeast.

Mike Zimmer

Vikings-Panthers: 5 things you can count on happening

The Vikings will look to open things up in Carolina.

Tanner Morgan/Gopher Football

Morgan's resurgence, Nebraska's miscues help Gophers hold on

The Gophers quarterback threw a pair of touchdowns in a 30-23 victory.

Tina Smith

Sen. Tina Smith warns Dems she may not vote for budget bill if climate plan dropped

This comes amid a White House effort to get its "Build Back Better" plan passed.

Pixabay - emergency room ambulance hospital

St. Paul man dies six days after crash on I-94

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified the man as David Rodney Hardaway.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Double murder in northeastern Minnesota, suspect kills himself after chase

The suspect died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

chaska school fight

Anti-masker involved in school board meeting fight charged with assault

It happened last month at an Eastern Carver County Schools hearing.

Marcus Foligno

Marcus Foligno throws hands, scores game-winning goal in Wild's opener

The Wild forward scored with 7.2 seconds left to beat Anaheim.

Screen Shot 2021-10-15 at 10.01.55 PM

Large police presence at Emagine Willow Creek movie theater in Plymouth

There are few details at this stage as to what has happened.

Maple Grove Police Department

Maple Grove-based businessman convicted of fatally shooting wife

Wiseman owns properties in both Minnesota, Nevada and China.

betty and earls biscuits facebook

Jason Matheson's biscuit shop to briefly close ahead of relaunch

Betty & Earl's will shut down for two weeks before reopening under a new name.

Related

Judge blocks child care union vote

A Ramsey County judge on Monday issued a temporary restraining order to stop the election, which Gov. Dayton authorized last month. The judge said supporters of a union vote should draft a bill and have the Legislature decide the issue.

Dayton will challenge judge's order blocking day care union vote

The challenge comes after the attorney general's office laid out three options for the governor after a judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking a union election. Politics in Minnesota says none of the options would get the election back on track any time soon.

Judge tosses out Dayton's child care union order

A judge has ruled that the governor overstepped his authority when he issued an order allowing some at-home child care providers to vote on whether to form a union.