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Legislative News and Views - Rep. Greg Davids (R)

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Friday, February 10, 2012
ST. PAUL – In order to protect in-home day care providers from potentially being forced into paying union dues, the Minnesota House has approved legislation preventing state deductions from child care assistance payments. State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said the legislation is in response to Governor Dayton’s political attempt last fall calling for a unionization election among a small percentage of all Minnesota day care providers. “Governor Dayton purposely wanted to prohibit more than 60 percent of all private in-home child care providers from having a voice in the unionization decision,” Davids said. “This bill basically says if daycare unionization is someday successful, state money is not going to be used to pay for union dues.” While Governor Dayton’s order was targeted towards childcare providers who receive state government subsidies, Davids believes unionization would eventually impact all providers across the state through more paperwork, increased red tape, and a higher cost of doing business. Davids said preventing union dues from being automatically deducted before the provider even receives state reimbursement is one way to ensure the provider maintains a freedom of choice. “This bill has nothing to do about preventing a union, but it prevents child care providers who do not want unionization from being forced into one through the automatic, involuntary deduction of union dues,” Davids said. A temporary restraining order was issued against Governor Dayton’s daycare unionization executive order in January, so the final outcome of this maneuver is unclear. Davids said the bill now heads to the Minnesota Senate for further debate.