By Rep. Joe Hoppe/Fergus Falls Journal
The recent decision by Gov. Mark Dayton to hold an election calling for the unionization of licensed, in-home child care providers is troubling and problematic. Dayton said a vote was the most fair and American way to resolve the dispute of whether to form a union. But in reviewing the election, nothing about it is fair.
Only those who receive state subsidy payments, about 4,300 providers, are eligible to vote. This means nearly 7,000 licensed in-home child care providers have no vote and no voice in an election that will certainly affect them and the children they care for if a union is formed.
The Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association has asked Dayton to retract and revise his executive order to allow all 11,000 providers to participate in this election.