Gov. Mark Dayton’s plan to let day care providers vote on unionization was put on time out today, when Ramsey County District Judge Dale Lindman issued a temporary restraining order stopping the vote that was supposed to start this week.
Dayton had issued an executive order calling for 4,000 child care workers in the state subsidy program to vote yes or no on a union, with a mail ballot that was scheduled to be mailed Tuesday.
Opponents, including many of those day care workers and Republican legislative leaders, went to court claiming the governor went too far in calling the election on his own. The judge agreed.
He ruled against the vote soon after a morning court hearing, in which Lindman asked why the governor didn’t just ask the Legislature to authorize the vote, the Strib reports.
That might come next, although Dayton has noted that opposition to the vote seems to be part of an anti-union sentiment and, it seems, such a bill might be tough to get through the Republican-led Legislature.