Gov. Dayton to challenge denial of day care unionization vote

Gov. Mark Dayton will go to court to challenge a court ruling this week that put a temporary stop to a unionization vote for some child care workers.

Dayton had ruled by executive order that child care workers in a state subsidy program could vote on whether to join a union. But some providers, as well as Republican lawmakers, went to court, claiming that the governor was exceeding his authority in calling for the vote.

Ramsey County Judge Dale Lindman granted a temporary injunction on Monday, halting the vote that was supposed to start this week.

Dayton’s office said today that he will contest the temporary restraining order at a hearing on the matter Jan. 16.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Jeff Kline on 12/08/2011 - 03:54 pm.

    How dare you over ride King Dayton.

  2. Submitted by Dan McGrath on 12/09/2011 - 01:23 pm.

    “Dayton had ruled by executive order that child care workers in a state subsidy program could vote on whether to join a union.”

    Gross misrepresentation.

    To be accurate, this should have read, “Dayton ruled by executive order that self-employed home-based childcare providers who may have some low-income clients receiving state aid to help pay for their childcare will vote on whether or not to unionize their industry.”

  3. Submitted by Jeff Wilfahrt on 12/09/2011 - 02:29 pm.

    This has been brewing a long time. The child care opponents have some valid points. Unfortunately if you scratch the surface and look beyond you start to find organizations like the Freedom Foundation who want limited government and that leads you to the GOP.

    So the child care people are now caught in a political chess game and it is no longer really about their issue but about the acumen of the lawyers on either side. Ergo I’m not so sure it is the Governor who has done the damage here but may in fact be that the GOP has found themselves a patsy issue.

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