Minnesota Judge Blocks Child Care Unionization Vote

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 at 7:46 am

A Ramsey County judge has blocked a child care worker unionization vote that was to take place this week.

The Associated Press reports that Judge Dale Lindman ruled Monday that the union issue must go through the state Legislature. Lindman said the that he was concerned because less than half of the state’s 11,000 in-home child care workers were eligible to vote in the election.

Gov. Mark Dayton had called the election by executive order, but opponents to the election sued saying the Democratic governor had exceeded his powers.

Dayton says he plans to meet with the state attorney general to consider the next steps on a union push for in-home child care providers.  Dayton says he respects the judge’s decision but wants to confer with state attorneys before determining how to proceed.

Dayton has told the AP that he saw the union push as an exercise in democracy.

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