There’s one legislative hearing still on for this evening and one postponed on the issue of efforts to unionize in-home day-care providers.
The Senate hearing, which includes members of two committees (State Government Innovation and Veterans, and the Health and Human Services Reform), is to be held at 6 p.m. at the state Capitol. Initially, two House committees also had scheduled a hearing for this evening but backed off.
Ostensibly, the hearings are about efforts of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees and the Service International Union to organize small day-care operations across the state.
But there’s also a direct, power politics to all of this as well. The Republican-controlled Legislature insists that Gov. Mark Dayton does not have the authority to issue an executive order recognizing the unions once a majority of providers have signed cards stating they want to be in the unions.
Dayton never has said he does not have the power to issue an executive order in this matter, hbut e has said he will not act until the providers hold a vote over whether they want union organization.