Dayton should let go of child-care union plan

By Doug Seaton, Star Tribune

Gov. Mark Dayton should call it a day and not appeal after two courtroom defeats in his unseemly effort to foist unionization on the small-businesspeople who provide home-based child care in Minnesota.

His supporters among the union movement, including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), pushed him into issuing an unlawful executive order that would have forced a rushed election less than a week after the order took effect.

Child-care providers would have had little chance to respond to the unions’ many monthslong campaign to unionize.

If the unionization vote had been successful, the unions would have then begun collecting dues from providers, funded by taxpayer-subsidized child-care assistance payments made on behalf of their low-income clients.

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