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Opponents call for expansion of who can vote in child care union election

The vote is restricted to those who receive state subsidies to care for children. Opponents say if there's going to be a vote, everyone should be included.
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The vote is restricted to those who receive state subsidies to care for children. Opponents say if there's going to be a vote, everyone should be included.

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