Judge’s order stays child care union vote

by News on December 6, 2011

in State and Local, State Legislation, Union Politics and Transparency

By Doug Belden/TwinCities.com

A child care unionization election scheduled to start this week is off, pending a hearing next month, after a Ramsey County judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday blocking it.

Unionizing child care providers is an issue that needs to go through the legislative process and not come about through an election ordered by the governor, said District Court Judge Dale Lindman.

“If unionization of day care is to become the law of Minnesota, it must first be submitted to the lawmaking body of the state,” he said. And holding an election that hasn’t been ratified by the Legislature and allows fewer than half the state’s in-home providers to vote “strikes me as being very harmful to the parties that are involved.”

Lindman scheduled a hearing on a temporary injunction for Jan. 17. State lawmakers come back into session a week later.


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