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State Representative Cindy Pugh

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Posted: Jul 15 2014 6:36PM
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Legislative Update (July 15, 2014)

Dear neighbor,

On June 30 we received some very encouraging news from the U.S. Supreme Court in a case called Harris v. Quinn. The court ruled that homecare workers in Illinois who receive some state assistance cannot be compelled to pay dues to the government union because they are not full-fledged state employees. The plaintiff in this case was a mom caring for her disabled son.

As you may recall, the federal appeals court in Minnesota put the state’s childcare unionization law on hold last fall until this case was settled. Now that it’s been decided, it is expected the federal courts in Minnesota will eventually rule the law is unconstitutional for childcare providers as well, as is the crux of the lawsuit brought forward by Jennifer Parrish, a small business owner and childcare provider herself, who is challenging the law’s constitutionality.

Many expect the personal care attendant (PCA) unionization – which passed in the same piece of legislation as the unionization of childcare providers – will also face constitutional hurdles, but that issue is not the focus of the Parrish lawsuit.

This ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court is welcome news for Minnesota moms and dads who already pay some of the highest childcare costs in the nation. Furthermore, childcare providers can breathe a sigh of relief knowing it’s likely that they won’t be forced to raise prices or turn away children in need of care based on the cost of union dues.

On the day the decision was handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, I was honored to stand with Minnesota childcare providers in St. Paul – led by Jennifer Parrish – who have fought forced unionization upon their small businesses.