April 2012

Governor Dayton Vetoes Child Care Dues Bill

April 20, 2012 | Jim Ragsdale | Star Tribune

Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday vetoed the one bill to emerge from this session’s debate over unionizing child-care workers.

The Republican-backed bill would have prohibited union dues and fees from being deducted from state child-care subsidy payments. The DFL governor said in his veto message that the bill is “unnecessary because no union representation of child care providers exists in the state of Minnesota.”

“I will not support such a misguided and unnecessary effort,” he said.

The bill was a response to a union drive among in-home child-care providers, which has stalled. Dayton’s order calling for a union election among providers caring for children receiving subsidies was thrown out by a Ramsey County judge.

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Winning Recognition for Our Skills and Education

“Now that we’ve organized our union, I feel we’re being heard and as workers we feel more like a cohesive group. We’ve also made some inroads expanding benefits available to our part time co-workers. The coolest thing about organizing is seeing the power in taking a stand, as individuals and especially as a group.”

Louise Miller
Activity Supervisory, Hopkins Kids and Company

In the West St. Paul Schools, we won changes so that staff who work as both school paraprofessionals and child care staff can combine hours across programs for better health insurance and other benefits. Supporting these staff members is a win for the students and the learning process. The real, human relationships I build with kids in a child care setting really help when I work with them academically.

Mark Krey
Special Ed Paraprofessional, West St. Paul School Age Care

Now I feel like I have a voice in the district’s decision regarding my benefits, wages and hours. As a union steward, I like to help get others engaged with the negotiation process.

Amanda Reineck
Bright Start Instructor, Wayzata Home Base

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