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News from Representative Gruenhagen 07-11-2014

Friday, July 11, 2014
Dear Friends,

I wanted to share the latest news on the PCA and childcare unionization effort.
 
Earlier this week, SEIU turned enough signatures into the Bureau of Mediation services to trigger an election for personal care attendants throughout Minnesota. They are moving forward with the election, and if the election is successful, will be able to form a union.
 
Fortunately, due to the Supreme Court decision in Harris vs. Quinn, it's unlikely that those who do not wish to be part of the union would be forced to pay union dues. Personal care attendants should be allowed freedom of association; those who wish to join should be able to join the union, but as we argued during the childcare/PCA unionization debate in 2013, those who don't wish to join shouldn't have money taken out of their pockets to line the pockets of union bosses.
 
On the childcare unionization front, after the Harris vs. Quinn decision was handed down, childcare provider and outspoke opponent of the unionization effort Jennifer Parrish urged Governor Dayton to drop his legal efforts to have her case dismissed from federal court.
 
The Dayton administration is attempting to have the case thrown out because the election has not happened yet. The Dayton administration has not relented, and still maintains that the case should be thrown out.
 
We are still awaiting further legal action in the Parrish vs. Dayton case that was on hold pending a decision in Harris vs. Quinn. Regardless, as with the PCA unionization effort, it's unlikely that hardworking childcare providers will be forced to pay dues if they don't wish to join thanks to the Harris vs. Quinn decision.
 
Have a great weekend,
 
Glenn
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