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Push to unionize in-home daycare providers on hold -- for now

The judge issued a restraining order preventing the union election Dayton had authorized last month. Opponents argued Dayton didn't have the power to order an election.
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The judge issued a restraining order preventing the union election Dayton had authorized last month. Opponents argued Dayton didn't have the power to order an election.

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