Child care providers vote against union

The GleanThe people have spoken. After all the wrangling involved in getting a vote on child care provider unionization, KSTP’s Jennie Lissarrague gives us the result: “Child care providers have voted against unionizing. … Ballots were due Monday and were tallied Tuesday, and the vote was 1,014-392 against forming a union. There were 2,348 eligible voters. … House Speaker Kurt Daudt issued a statement after the results, calling it a ‘victory for providers and parents alike.’ ”

Something else is fouling these birds’ health. MPR’s Lorna Benson reports, “One year after America’s deadliest avian flu outbreak on record, scientists are still flummoxed over the role of wild birds. … All the prior science had pointed to migrating ducks and geese spreading the virus to domestic turkey and chicken farms. … But none of the evidence in Minnesota implicates wild birds in last year’s devastating outbreaks, and that’s leading to new disputes about the virus. … ‘Despite the industry pointing its finger at the wild birds, it’s just not there,’ said Michael Osterholm, who directs the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. ‘It was not the source of widespread transmission to many operations throughout the Upper Midwest.’ ”

Really, there’s not much that can surprise us anymore this election cycle. The Daily Beast’s Gideon Resnick has the latest bit of wackiness: “Jesse Ventura told The Daily Beast he will run for president if Bernie Sanders does not win the Democratic nomination. … Ventura was elected the governor of Minnesota as an independent in 1998 after serving as a Navy SEAL and professional wrestler. Ventura said his campaign was so successful at showing an outsider could be elected that Trump and Sanders are ‘ripping him off.’ He bets he can do it again if Sanders loses and the election is Hillary Clinton vs. Trump. … ‘They’re setting the groundwork for me because if Bernie loses, by the time we get to June, how sick are the people going to be of all these people,’ he said while dressed in a Jimi Hendrix shirt under a blazer and SEALs beanie.”

Violence at Southwest High in Minneapolis. The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh reports: “Four teenage boys were let through a secured door at Southwest High School in Minneapolis, barged into a class and beat a student over a dispute on Facebook, according to charges. … The teacher in the room also was assaulted and suffered a broken finger while trying to break up the in-class melee on the afternoon of Jan. 22, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Tuesday in announcing the filing of juvenile petitions alleging felony burglary and gross-misdemeanor riot against the defendants.”

In other news…

And then there were… still quite a few: “Republican Pam Myhra ends 2nd District campaign” [Pioneer Press]

Then again, it could be a coincidence: “Burglars strike after city event publicizes rehabbed Phillips home” [Star Tribune]

Things we learn: The real candidate for #millennials? It’s Cruz. [Townhall]

Just about gardening time: Here are some tips for March. [MPR]

Bruuuuuuuuuuce. [KMSP]

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 03/01/2016 - 02:40 pm.

    Not entirely accurate

    “…House Speaker Kurt Daudt issued a statement after the results, calling it a ‘victory for providers and parents alike.’ ” The “victory” for providers is self-evident – lower wage and benefit costs. It’s far less clear that the vote is a “victory” for employees, many of whom, I suspect, are parents themselves.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 03/01/2016 - 04:25 pm.

      Victory for the Employees

      Well, heck–maybe their low wages will inspire them to go and get higher paying jobs. They can finish up that MBA, and find lucrative work in the financial sector, sowing the seeds of the next economic collapse.

      The world is their oyster.

  2. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 03/01/2016 - 06:45 pm.

    Did this election

    Actually cost the State any money, say for ballots, mailings, tabulation, etc.? If it did, what a waste.

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