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AFSCME asks federal court to allow Minnesota child-care union vote | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

imgres-1Published October 03, 2013, 09:15 AM

AFSCME asks federal court to allow Minnesota child-care union vote

The union trying to organize some Minnesota child care providers has asked a federal court to reconsider its delay of the attempt.

By: Don Davis, Duluth News Tribune

imgresST. PAUL — The union trying to organize some Minnesota child care providers has asked a federal court to reconsider its delay of the attempt.

A federal judge last month ordered AFSCME Council 5, the union organizing child care providers, to not hold an election determining if providers want to join. Now, the union is seeking to change that after the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would take up a related Illinois case.

“An Illinois case about fair-share fees has absolutely no bearing on whether Minnesota child care providers have the right to vote on a union,”

AFSCME’s Jennifer Munt said. “This legal challenge is another attempt by right-wing extremists to deny people their rights.”

The federal judge’s September ruling indicated that a Minnesota election should be stalled until the Illinois case is settled.

The union continues to talk about organizing to 12,700 providers who receive state subsidies. But several steps, including elections, are needed before that can happen.

Earlier this year, the state Legislature passed a bill, signed by Gov. Mark Dayton, to allow the vote.

Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, opposed the union’s new court request.

“While this legal process moves forward, I will continue to advocate for moms, dads and child care providers who know that our precious children deserve better than to be caught in the middle of a power grab by big union bosses,” Franson said. “Hardworking parents simply can’t afford the higher costs and fewer options unionization would impose on child care.”

via AFSCME asks federal court to allow Minnesota child-care union vote | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota.

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