House hearing today on day-care unionization efforts

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.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Cary Johnson on 09/23/2011 - 08:41 am.

    Day care providers are independent people who have decided to provide day care mainly because they need extra income for their families. To have unions come in and dictate or even suggest that I join is ridiculous. The State and the Federal have come up with enough rules and regulations to choke a horse. Every time you turn around another rule and regulation has come out. For even the Governor to even listen to the unions is beyond a a waste of time. It is not solving anything. Get real!

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