Dayton Won’t Fight For Childcare Union Vote

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 at 7:21 am

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he won’t fight a court ruling that blocked a unionization vote he called for home-based child care workers.

Dayton told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he disagrees with the April decision but opted not to appeal it. A Ramsey County judge said the Democratic governor had overstepped his bounds by calling the election via an executive order rather than going through the Legislature.

The development further stalls a collective bargaining push by unions trying to organize child care providers. The election was supposed to take place in December, but a judge first halted balloting and later quashed the Dayton order altogether.

Republicans who control the Legislature are opposed to the unionization push so it would require a change of power for Dayton to successfully advance a bill.

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