Senate backs suit against Dayton unionization order

The Republican-controlled Senate Rules Committee voted 6-1 in support of a lawsuit which suggests Gov. Mark Dayton overstepped his bounds when he ordered a union election for childcare providers in the state.
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The Republican-controlled Senate Rules Committee voted 6-1 in support of a lawsuit which suggests Gov. Mark Dayton overstepped his bounds when he ordered a union election for childcare providers in the state. DFL Sen. Dick Cohen was the lone opposing vote.

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